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Small, yellow warning pennant with a skull and crossbones acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.7

German military issue, poison gas warning pennant brought back from Germany by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in the European Theater in 1945. The pennants were attached to a thin, iron rod and staked into the ground. They were used to mark off areas contaminated with dangerous gas, and later repurposed to warn against hidden landmines. The pennants were part of a set that included 20 flags, each attached to a 60-cm-long iron rod, painted with red anti-rust paint, a roll of yellow tape, and a carrying pouch. Harold B. Goldberg lived in New York City, where he attended City College and worked as mail carrier prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army as a private, in October 1942. Harold served in Europe until the end of the war and then returned to New York, where he married his wife Rita in 1952.

Date
found:  1945-1946
use:  1941 July-1945
Geography
found: Germany
use: Germany
Classification
Information Forms
Object Type
Hazard signs (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Signs (Notices)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:24:38
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