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Waffen SS green fez found in Dachau by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1994.101.2

Red fez with a swastika and Death's head found by Kurt Weiler, a US army soldier, in Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1945. The red fez was part of the dress uniform of a Waffen-SS military detachment composed of Muslims from Bosnia, Croatia, and Herzegovina in occupied Yugoslavia. There was a field gray one for combat. The creation of this unit was authorized by Hitler in 1943. The original purpose was to combat Tito’s partisans. Through recruitment and conscription, the unit had 26,000 soldiers within a few months. The group was commanded by German or ethnic German officers, and the uniforms were designed to reflect the religion/ethnicity of the recruits.

found:  1945 April
found: Dachau (Concentration camp) after liberation; Dachau (Germany)
Dress Accessories
Object Type
Fezes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wallis Weiler Cady
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:22:24
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