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Identity tag issued and worn by Jewish man in Dachau concentration camp

Object | Accession Number: 1995.27.1

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    Identity tag issued and worn by Jewish man in Dachau concentration camp

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Issued to Bernard Stern at Dachau concentration camp.
    Date
    use:  approximately 1943-1945
    Geography
    issue: Dachau (Concentration camp); Dachau (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marlene Stern
    Contributor
    Subject: Bernard Stern
    Biography
    Bernard Stern (1913-2000) was born Berl Stern on 20 April 1913 in Tauragė, Lithuania to Chava and Yosef Stern. He had 6 siblings: Ephraim, Jakob, Josheved, Shara, Smul, and Solim. Bernard became a pharmacist and lived in Kovno (Kaunas, Lithuania). He met Cipora Kagan while living there and they married. Their son Ben-Zion was born in 1939. In August 1941 the family was sent to the Kovno ghetto.

    Ben-Zion was murdered in a Children’s Action in March 1944. In July 1944 Bernard was deported to the Dachau concentration camp. Cipora was deported in the same month to Stuffhof. He was liberated in April 1945. Bernard and Cipora were reunited after the war and lived in the Landsberg displaced person camp until December 1947 when they moved to Munich, Germany. While living in Landsberg, Bernard became the chief pharmacist for the camp. Their daughter Marlene was born on 27 January 1947. In May 1949 the family immigrated to the United States.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Identifying Artifacts
    Category
    Labels
    Object Type
    Name tags (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, rounded corners, small puncture holes at each end.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 0.880 inches (2.235 cm) | Width: 2.870 inches (7.29 cm)
    Materials
    overall : wood, ink
    Inscription
    "80897" in ink, across center of tag

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The identification tag was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Marlene Stern, the daughter of Bernard Stern.
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-02 10:40:20
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