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Catalog Number 2001.36.4
Object Name Badge, Identification
Description White, fabric, square patch with "W" embroidered on the front in black. Edges are hemmed and stitched around the outside in white thread.

Patch has a red, circular stamp on the top, right that overlaps with the "W." Stamp has text circling the interior, and a Nazi eagle emblem in the center.

This patch was worn by Joseph Strauss when he was in the Lviv ghetto in Lviv, Poland (present day Ukraine). This patch identified him as a worker for the Wehrmacht factory.
Source Strauss, Mark
Provenance This patch was worn by Joseph Strauss when he was in the Lviv ghetto in Lviv, Poland (present day Ukraine). This patch identified him as a worker for the Wehrmacht factory. It was donated to the Museum by Joseph's son, Mark Strauss.

The Strauss family was sent to a ghetto in Lviv, Poland in 1942. There Joseph Strauss worked in a Wehrmacht factory for the Luftwaffe. Because of his work, Joseph was able to move between the ghetto and the factory. He used this mobility to sneak his son out of the ghetto. Mark was later joined by his parents, and the family remained in hiding until the end of the war.
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