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The Holocaust

The Holocaust

The Jude star had to be worn on the clothes of all Jewish residents during the Holocaust.

They were mass produced to be able to provide at least one Jude star to each unwanted Jew

and the Jude Star

The jude star was usually secured by a thin silver pin on all clothing.

Was anything used to identify Jews before the Jude star?The oldest reference to using mandatory articles of clothing to identify and distinguish Jews from the rest of society was in 807 CE. In this year, Abbassid caliph Haroun al-Raschid ordered all Jews to wear a yellow belt and a tall, cone-like hat.

The reason for the Jude star was so that the Jews were easily identifieble amongst normal citizens.

But it wasn't until after the Second World War began on September 1939 that individual authorities implemented a Jewish badge in the occupied territories of Poland. For instance, on November 16, 1939, the order for a Jewish badge to be worn was announced in Lodz, the third largest city in Poland.

It is believed that the first time that the implementation of a Jewish badge was discussed among the Nazi leaders was right after Kristallnacht in 1938. At a meeting on November 12, 1938, Reinhard Heydrich made the first suggestion about a badge.

The first reference to a Jewish badge during the Nazi era was made by the German Zionist leader, Robert Weltsch. During the Nazi declared boycott upon Jewish stores on April 1, 1933, yellow Stars of David were painted on windows. In reaction to this, Weltsch wrote an article entitled "Tragt ihn mit Stolz, den gelben Fleck" ("Wear the Yellow Badge with Pride") which was published on April 4, 1933. At this time, Jewish badges had yet even to be discussed among the top Nazis.


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