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German State criminal police and a Gestapo warrant badge on a chain acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.12 a-c

Two warrant discs [Dienstmarken], silver for the Gestapo [Geheime Staatspolizei], the secret state police, and bronze for the State criminal police [Kriminalpolizei] in Nazi Germany brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946, during and after World War II. After Himmler centralized the police forces in the German Reich in the mid-1930s, these became the official identification badges for the Gestapo and the state criminal police. They are stamped with individual officer's numbers and were generally suspended from a chain. They had the authority of a warrant and once displayed during an arrest, investigation or search, ensured compliance.

Date
found:  approximately 1945-1946
Geography
found: Germany
Language
German
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Object Type
Badges (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:27:27
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