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Military blouse, trousers, and beret worn by a Dutch Jewish corporal, Prinses Irene Brigade

Object | Accession Number: 1991.119.1 a-c

Military blouse, pants, and beret worn by Jack Grootkerk, 29, who served in the Dutch Free Forces, Prinses Irene Brigade from September 1942 to September 1945. The Brigade was formed in England in 1941 by the Dutch government in exile and Dutch Army personnel who had escaped German occupied Europe. The unit wore British battledress uniforms with Dutch insignia. On May 10, 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands. In December 1941, Jack was told to report for forced labor in Germany. He and his brother Erich fled to France and Spain, and were interned several times. In fall 1942, they reached Great Britain and Jack joined the Brigade. In July 1944, the Brigade entered combat in Normandy. The Netherlands was liberated on May 5, 1945. Most of Jack and his wife Hedi’s family were killed in German concentration camps.

Date
approximately 1942 September-approximately 1945 September  (use)
approximately 1942-approximately 1945  (manufacture)
Geography
received : Great Britain
manufacture : Great Britain
manufacture : Glasgow (Scotland)
Language
Dutch
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Paul Grootkerk
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:19
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