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Yellow badge

Yellow badges are badges that Jews were ordered to wear in public during periods of the Middle Ages by the ruling Christians and Muslims, and in Nazi Germany in the 1940s. The badges served to mark the wearer as a religious or ethnic outsider, and often served as a badge of shame. This is a Belgian version of the yellow badge, with a black "J" on a yellow Star of David; from 1942, the wearing of such badges was compulsory for Jews in German-occupied Belgium. This badge was in the possession of Jos Kutner, born in 1911 in Antwerp, who inscribed his initials on it after the war. His father and brothers were deported from Belgium; none of them survived. The badge pictured is in the collection of the Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre in Mechelen, Belgium.

Photograph credit: Ronald Torfs

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