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Badges of dishonor


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This is a show about the assorted badges used in the Nazi concentration camps during World War two.

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Badges of dishonor

  1. 1. Badges of Dishonor Cheryl Bennett His 104 Professor Lyons February 8, 2010 Badges 1
  2. 2. The Badge’s Purpose The Nazis used colored triangular badges to distinguish the imprisoned groups from each other within the camps and to show that they were to be considered dangerous. Some badges contained letters and/or symbols that referred to an inmate’s nationality, attempt at escape, or any number of other minor categories. This color-coded system was a way to keep a nearly paperless record of the inmates. Badges 2 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  3. 3. Contents  The Badge’s Purpose  Poster of Concentration Camp Badges  A Note About the Jews’ Badge  The Brown Badge  The Pink Badge  The Red Badge  The Purple Badge  The Green Badge  The Black Badge  The Blue Badge  From Bystander to Victim  Cultural Fatalities  Number of Victims graphic  “When They Came For Me”  References 1  References 2 Badges 3
  4. 4. (The persecuted people) Badges 4
  5. 5. Poster of Concentration Camp Badges Badges 5 (Artifacts:, 2009)
  6. 6. *A Note About the Jews’ Badges Jews would be issued either a single yellow triangle or a combination of an inverted colored triangle in front of an upright yellow triangle to form the star of David. If one of the triangles had a white or black outline it mean someone who was a race defiler. Badges 6 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  7. 7. Gypsies The Roma and Sinti were the two largest tribes within Germany. They were similar to the Jews in that the Nazis wanted them all exterminated. The main difference between the gypsies and the Jews was that the gypsies were primarily illiterate. Their badges started out as dominantly black in color because they were seen as Asocial, but was later changed to brown to keep them separated from the Asocial group. Badges 7 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  8. 8. Homosexuals Based on Paragraph 175, which outlawed any action that could be construed as sexual between men, homosexuals were labeled with a pink badge. However, this badge covered all sexual offenses such as rape, bestiality, and pedophilia. Badges 8 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  9. 9. Political The red triangle’s meaning Prisoners depended on its position. Pointed upwards it meant that the inmate was an enemy POW, a spy, or a deserter from the German army. Pointed downwards it meant the inmate was a communist, political nonconformist, trade unionist, socialist, democrat, Freemason, or a traitor to the German Government and Adolf Hitler in particular. Badges 9 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  10. 10. Religious The purple badges were used more Dissenters often to mark Jehovah Witnesses; however, they also labeled any religious leader who denounced Hitler and the Nazis’ actions, and/or the Nazi’s attempt to create a new religion with Hitler as a divine being. This group included Catholic priests, Christian preachers, Protestant parsons, and Rabbis. Badges 10 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  11. 11. Hardened The green badge was placed on Criminals ordinary and/or long-term criminals who often worked as Kapos in exchange for either a decrease in their prison term, a lighter sentence, or parole. A kapo was a prisoner who was often a guard over, and known for being very brutal in their handling, of the other inmates. Badges 11 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  12. 12. Asocials This was the most diverse group and included vagrants, beggars, the homeless, mentally ill, mentally impaired, alcoholics, prostitutes, gypsies, no n-religious pacifists, military assignment dodgers, and anyone without a permanent address. Badges 12 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  13. 13. Immigrants The blue badges were placed on people who had moved to Germany from other lands but were not citizens. They were generally used as just slave labor unless they were Jewish. Badges 13 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.)
  15. 15. From Bystander to Victim Bystanders •Anyone who looked the other way or denied what was going on. Resisters •Anyone who hid the victims from the Nazis and/or who chose to fight back Persecutors •Nazi Regime Victims •6 million Jews •300,000 handicapped •250,000 homosexuals •2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses •800,000 Gypsies •1.5 million political dissidents •4 million Soviet P.O.W.s •3 million non- Jewish Slavic & 3 million Jewish civilians Badges 15 (World War 2, 2010, para 30.)
  16. 16. Approx. Totals of the Nazis’ Victims 300,000 250,000 2,000 Jehovah's handicapped homosexuals Witnesses 1.5 million political 4 million Soviet 800,000 Gypsies dissidents P.O.W.s 3 million non- Jewish Slavic & 3 3 million German million Jewish Jews civilians Badges 16 (World War 2, 2010, para 30.)
  17. 17. Cultural Fatalities Religious Artistes Intellectuals Leaders Entertainers Novelists Preachers Medical Dancers Rabbis Personnel Musicians Scientists Priests Painters Educators Government Actors Personnel Badges 17 (World War 2, 2010, para 30.)
  18. 18. “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me. “ MARTIN NIEMÖLLER (Martin Niemöller , 2009, para 2.) Badges 18
  19. 19. References United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2009.) Artifacts: Classification System in Nazi Concentration Camps. Retrieved January 26, 2010 from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum., (2009.) Martin Niemöller: First They Came for the Socialists. Retrieved on January26, 2010 from Badges 19
  20. 20. References United States Holocaust Memorial Museum., (2009.) Mosaic of Victims: In Depth. Retrieved on January 26, 2010 from World War 2: Holocaust., (2010.) Retrieved on January 28, 2010 from Badges 20