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Circular red cloth UNRRA badge worn by a former US soldier as Area Administrator for Germany

Object | Accession Number: 1993.59.13

UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) red circle patch worn by Mordecai E. Schwart. Schwartz, a soldier in the United States Army, was recruited after the war ended in May 1945 to serve as Area Director for UNRRA. He worked for UNRRA until 1948, when the organization was deactivated. He then became Area Director for the International Refugee Organization (IRO), supervising twenty-eight displaced persons camps in Germany. The DP camps were set up to house and feed, and to provide medical service and legal protection for survivors of the concentration and slave labor camps, and to offer them the chance to reestablish their lives postwar. When IRO was deactivated in 1951, Mordecai was recruited by US Air Force Intelligence.

Date
1945-1948  (use)
Geography
use : Germany
Language
English
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mordecai E. Schwartz
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:56
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