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“Remember What Amalek Did To You.” A yellow star from the Shoah—France, first half of the 20th century.
According to the orders of the German Reich, from 1938 all Jews had to stitch a yellow star on their clothing and it had to say “Jew” in their language in the middle. Jews who wore it were brutally murdered. Yellow stars from France are considered rare since many Jews did not wear it, since the Vichy government was opposed to it. This one was kept in good condition over the years. According to Yad Vashem: On June 7, 1942, Jews over the age of 6 in the areas of France occupied by the Germans were required to wear such a star bearing the word “Juif” (Jew in French) stitched into their clothing on the left side of their chest. In the unoccupied area of France (Vichy), the government refused to enforce the policy since they feared that the public would oppose the imposition of a mark of shame on French (Jewish) civilians. After the Germans took over Vichy France in November 1942, the German authorities still did not require Jews to put the mark on their clothes because of French opposition. Very good condition.
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