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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

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

    Brief Narrative
    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
    use:  1945-1948
    Geography
    use: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mordecai E. Schwartz
    Contributor
    Subject: Mordecai E. Schwartz
    Biography
    Mordecai E. Schwartz had a college degree in business adminstration and was fluent in six languages when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. After the war ended in May 1945, he was stationed in Munich, Germany, and was recruited by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). He requested and was granted a European discharge from the US Army and became the Area Director for UNRRA in the US Zone in Germany from 1945 to 1948. Upon the deactivation of UNRRA in 1948, he was transferred and made Area Director for the International Refugee Organization (IRO), supervising twenty-eight displaced persons camps in Germany. The displaced persons 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 in Munich and served in their worldwide operations until his retirement with highest honors.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Badges
    Object Type
    Badges (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Circular red cloth badge with stitching in gold thread depicting the globe superimposed with the acronym UNRRA.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 1.625 inches (4.128 cm)
    Materials
    overall : cotton, thread

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The UNRRA badge was donated to the United States Hocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 by Mordecai E. Schwartz.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-23 10:27:01
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