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Yellow armband embroidered Deutsche Wehrmacht for use by laborers acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.6

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    Yellow armband embroidered Deutsche Wehrmacht for use by laborers acquired by a US soldier


    Brief Narrative
    Deutsche Wehrmacht (German Army) yellow armband brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946, during and after World War II. This armband was worn by German civilians and foreign workers employed by the German Armed Forces.
    found:  approximately 1945-1946
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
    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

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Armbands (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Dark yellow cloth armband with Deutsche Wehrmacht machine embroidered in black thread on the front. It is sewn together with a finished interior seam along the short ends. The edges are sewn with yellow thread. It has some staining and discoloration but appears unused.
    overall: Height: 4.250 inches (10.795 cm) | Width: 6.750 inches (17.145 cm)
    overall : cloth, thread
    front, embroidered, black thread : Deutsche Wehrmacht

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The armband 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:
    2023-08-30 08:46:04
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