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Star of David badge printed with Jude for Jew acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.4

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    Brief Narrative
    Star of David badge, with signs of use, printed with the German word Jude for Jew brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946, during and after World War II.
    found:  approximately 1945-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    front, center, black dye : Jude [Jew]
    Subject: Harold B. Goldberg
    Harold B. Goldberg (1922-2011) was born in Brooklyn, New York to Samuel and Rose Goldberg. Samuel and Rose were born in Russia and immigrated to the United States before the birth of their children. Samuel worked as a presser in a tailor shop. Harold had six siblings and the family spoke Yiddish and English at home. As a young adult Harold worked as a mail carrier and attended City College in New York. On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The following day the United States declared war on Japan, and on December 11, Germany declared war on the United States. On October 31, 1942 Harold was drafted into the U.S. military. He entered the army on October 31, 1942 as a private, and received serial number 32613738. He served in Europe until the end of the war. Harold then returned home to New York where he married his wife Rita in 1952. The family lived in New York for the rest of their lives.

    Physical Details

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    Physical Description
    Yellow cloth badge in the shape of a 6 pointed Star of David. The star outline is formed from 2 overlapping, dyed triangles and has German text in a font resembling Hebrew in the center. The edges are folded over and hand sewn to offwhite backing. A slit opening in the back has been hand stitched closed with yellow thread. The cloth is discolored and stained, with small holes.
    overall: Height: 3.250 inches (8.255 cm) | Width: 2.625 inches (6.668 cm)
    overall : cloth, dye, thread

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    Administrative Notes

    The Star of David badge was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by the family of Harold Goldberg.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-08-11 11:07:09
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