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Commemorative armband resembling the Belgian flag worn by a Jewish resistance fighter

Object | Accession Number: 2012.473.4

Armband with the black, yellow, and red stripes of the Belgian flag worn by Menachem Konkowski, a Jewish resistance fighter, for a commemorative celebration in Brussels, Belgium, in 1957. During World War II, Belgium was conquered by Nazi Germany in May 1940. The Germans enacted anti-Jewish legislation to persecute the Jewish population. Beginning in late 1941, Menachem, under the alias, Moliere, organized a Jewish resistance group, also called Moliere, the 9th Brigade of the Belgian Nationalist Movement in Uccle, a civil resistance organization. His unit committed acts of sabotage against the German occupiers, as well as assaults on German soldiers, and warehouse raids to acquire large weapons caches. The Moliere Group also gathered information on and arranged for the elimination of collaborators. Menachem placed his two young daughters, Renee, 7, and Claudine, 4, in hiding with Aurelia Parent in 1942. He and his wife Ita hid elsewhere, and were constantly on the move. Belgium was liberated by Allied troops on September 3, 1944. Menachem was honored by the Belgian and Polish governments for his wartime activities.

Date
1957 July 21-1957 July 28  (commemoration)
Geography
use : Brussels (Belgium)
Language
French
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Armbands
Object Type
Armbands (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Armbands.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Claudine Davison, Diane Leigh Davison, and Renée Alalouf
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Record last modified: 2018-10-25 11:08:55
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