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    New to this site and could use some help for a friend. His dad, over the years purchased many storage units. After his passing, the attached armbands were found in one of the units. No accompanying documentation. Can someone tell me.....are they real? Fake? I can forward more photo's if needed. Thanking in advance for any education!
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    Welcome to the forum.. If you could please take pictures of each armband separately and close up pictures of the Star's of David as well as stitching on the front and back of each armband we would appreciate it..

    I have never seen anything like them before but there are a few members here who directly specialize in the Holocaust and may be able to provide more insight.. They are very interesting..

    There is one member here who has dedicated much of his life studying and conducting tours of the Concentration Camps,, he is a wealth of knowledge, I hope that Carl will see this and provide information..

    Smitty

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    I agree need better pictures but I would not hold out hope as genuine. 999 out of 1000 are fake.

    Marty
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    Wrong, oh so very wrong...

    They didn't even get the information designating the types of prisoner correct...need I say more..?
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    I have never seen anything like this, a Jew was classified as a Jew only with a standard Jude Stern. There would be no need for the Reich to "add" Political, Homosexual or any other forbidden "colour" into the Stern. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Quote by FALLSCHIRMJAGER View Post
    I have never seen anything like this, a Jew was classified as a Jew only with a standard Jude Stern. There would be no need for the Reich to "add" Political, Homosexual or any other forbidden "colour" into the Stern.
    No, this was really done in the camps: The general prisoner category triangle (pointing downward) was combined with a yellow triangle (pointing upward) identifying Jewish prisoners, thus forming a Star of David.

    This is not to be confused with the yellow Judenstern that all Jews were forced to wear on their civilian clothing.

    (These armbands are still bad, of course.)

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    A period illustration demonstrating the various types of triangles used on prisoner uniforms.

    Concentration camp armbands

    Regards, B.B.
    ''Everyday you think of living. We are born to die, but I appreciate life. We live day by day, and I always say: yesterday is history, today's reality, and tomorrow's a dream.' -- Henry Flescher, Holocaust Survivor -- March 14, 1924 - August 29, 2018

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    No, this was really done in the camps: The general prisoner category triangle (pointing downward) was combined with a yellow triangle (pointing upward) identifying Jewish prisoners, thus forming a Star of David.

    (These armbands are still bad, of course.)
    Thank you, That is something that I have learnt today! Never seen the like before so I stand corrected and informed. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Hmm....so the germans commenting on Rammsteins "Deuchland" were correct...the band members were representing all the different people who were prosecuted....
    Guess you learn something new every day.

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    For the sake of future reference...

    Red - Political Prisoners. Social democrats, socialists, communists and anarchists, as well as 'rescuers of Jews', trade unionists and Freemasons.

    Green - Convicts and criminals. These prisoners were often employed as Kapos.

    Blue - Emigrants and foreign forced labourers.

    Purple - Primarily Jehovah's Witnesses, but also members of other, smaller pacifist religious groups.

    Pink - Homosexuals and sexual offenders, to include pedophiles, rapists and zoophiles.

    Black - People who were deemed 'asozial' (asocial) and 'arbeitsscheu' (workshy), as well as Roma and Sinti gypsies (male Roma were later assigned their own colou; brown), the mentally ill and mentally unstable, who were branded as 'Bld' (stupid), alcoholics, drug addicts, vagrants, pacifists, lesbians and some anarchists.

    Uninverted Red - Enemy prisoners of war (POWs), as well as spies, traitors and war criminals.

    Regards, B.B.
    ''Everyday you think of living. We are born to die, but I appreciate life. We live day by day, and I always say: yesterday is history, today's reality, and tomorrow's a dream.' -- Henry Flescher, Holocaust Survivor -- March 14, 1924 - August 29, 2018

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