Yellow star of a Jew from the time of the Holocaust, with inscription JUDE (faded) in the center - sewn onto cloth. Poland, early 1940s.
According to German Reich regulations of 1938, all Jews in German-occupied territory had to wear a yellow badge. The text was usually in Gothic-style lettering reminiscent of old prints. Mandatory wearing of the badge in Germany began in September 1941. It was decreed that the badge be at least 10 centimeters in size, star-shaped with the word "JUDE" inside. According to instructions it was worn on the left side of the chest or right sleeve below the elbow. Jews who forgot the badge when leaving home or did not comply with regulations faced official punishment of fines and imprisonment, and could be executed without trial by immediate shooting. In her Warsaw Ghetto diary Mary Berg wrote that Jews paid particular attention to keeping their yellow badges meticulously clean "for the Germans showed a special 'sensitivity' on this point. Seeing a Jew with a creased or dirty armband, they beat him on the spot".
8x9.5 cm. Good condition.