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Nazi armband with a swastika acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1993.59.14

Nazi swastika armband acquired by Mordecai E. Schwart. Schwartz, a soldier in the United States Army. After the war ended in May 1945, Schwartz was recruited to serve as Area Director for UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration). 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  (received)
Geography
received : Germany
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Armbands
Object Type
Armbands (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mordecai E. Schwartz
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:53
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