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Symche Spira, the senior officer of the Krakow ghetto police (Ordnungsdienst) straightens the cap of one of his men during roll call.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 06224

Symche Spira, the senior officer of the Krakow ghetto police (Ordnungsdienst) straightens the cap of one of his men during roll call.

Members of the Ordnungsdienst in Krakow wore unique identifying marks as part of their uniform. These included armbands on which "Ordnungsdienst" was written in Hebrew and badges in the shape of the Star of David surrounding an oval that gave the officer's number. OD officers assisted in the deportation of Jews from the Krakow ghetto, among other tasks, and the last of its members were themselves deported to the Plaszow labor camp when the ghetto was finally liquidated in March 1943. Spira who was later replaced by Wilek Chilowicz .

Date
July 1941
Variant Locale
Krakau
Cracow
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Raphael Aronson
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Record last modified: 2015-11-17 00:00:00
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