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Under the Nazi regime Jewish people were forced to wear identifiers such as Star of David armbands or badges. This white armband has a blue Star of David sewn onto it. The armband carries a Third Reich stamp and the number 2332.

Hans Frank; Governor General of Nazi occupied Poland, decreed on November 23rd 1939 that all Jewish people over a certain age had to wear a 4 inch wide white armband displaying a blue Star of David on their right arm. The intention was to isolate, harass and humiliate Jewish people, and further embedded Nazi ideology that Jewish people were different from everyone else by marking them out from the rest of the population.

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