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"Richard" underground facility survivor pin

Article about: Here is an unusual lapel pin, presented to a former prisoner of the Richard I and II underground facilities that were located at Leitmeritz (Litoměřice, near Terezín). The Richard

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    Here is an unusual lapel pin, presented to a former prisoner of the Richard I and II underground facilities that were located at Leitmeritz (Litoměřice, near Terezín). The Richard project was the largest underground facility within the Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren, with thousands of prisoners - many of whom were transferred from nearby Theresienstadt, working on weapons production. Construction work began during 1943, with production following in 1944 - plans that never reached the expected capacity. Several thousand prisoners died during an epidemic of Typhus.

    Note: the "KT" on the pin is the Czech abbreviation for Koncentrační Tábor (concentration camp).
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    Interesting.

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    Never even seen one before until now. Thanks for showing it.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Never even seen one before until now. Thanks for showing it.

    Cheers, Ade.
    Me neither Ade, certainly not a common piece.

    Regards,

    Carl
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    Very unusual Carl , thanks for posting !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

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    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

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    Interesting item,,looking at the 2 toned colored stripes IMO must signify the prison clothes that were striped also and the Red triangle must signify something as there were different icons that has varied meanings applied to prisoners depending of their gender or back ground. But this is just a guess! It wpuld be interesting to See Carl if you can gather together a list of icon photos and their meanings that would add greatly to this new sub-forum. Just a thought Regards Larry
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    Quote by Larry C View Post
    Interesting item,,looking at the 2 toned colored stripes IMO must signify the prison clothes that were striped also and the Red triangle must signify something as there were different icons that has varied meanings applied to prisoners depending of their gender or back ground. But this is just a guess! It wpuld be interesting to See Carl if you can gather together a list of icon photos and their meanings that would add greatly to this new sub-forum. Just a thought Regards Larry
    Thank you Larry. Yes, the stripes on the badge certainly relate to the prisoner uniforms. The inverted red triangle identified the political prisoners. I shall add an identification chart shortly.

    Regards,

    Carl
    Experienced guide and published author leading detailed study trips to the former KZ sites of Nazi Germany. Contact for further details.

    www.concentrationcamptours.com

    www.concentrationcampmoney.com


    "maka akaŋl oyate maŋi pi ki le, tuweŋi wíyópeya oki hi sni"

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    To augment the above post:
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    Experienced guide and published author leading detailed study trips to the former KZ sites of Nazi Germany. Contact for further details.

    www.concentrationcamptours.com

    www.concentrationcampmoney.com


    "maka akaŋl oyate maŋi pi ki le, tuweŋi wíyópeya oki hi sni"

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    Very informative , Carl. Thanks for for sharing.
    Here's a political patch from my collection.
    Dean
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    Thanks Carl Great work
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

    One never knows what tree roots push to the surface of what laid buried before the tree was planted - Larry C

    “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill

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