Identification Bracelet No 103304 Essay

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"Identification Bracelet No 103304" "Identification Bracelet No 103304," was donated by Ruth Eisenberg in 2002; it identified Henryk Eisenberg, a Mauthausen concentration camp (situated in Austria) prisoner from August to December 1944. "Stripped of their first and last names, of their identities, camp prisoners were each identified solely by a number1. However, other forms of identification existed prior to the bracelets in Nazi Germany. Badges and tattoos are the most well-known forms of identification. For many, the serial number (located on the forearm) is the most unforgettable image of the Holocaust. Having come to symbolize the brutality, and dehumanization attempt of the Nazis, most of what is known about them stem from personal accounts of Jewish survivors. Initially, the main method of identifying the Jewish population was through the use badges. Reinhard Heydrich was the first to recommend that Jews be forced to wear badges following the Kristallnacht in November 1938. The German government made badges mandatory in Poland in November 1939. Jews who did not wear them risked death2. The main reason for assigning badges and…show more content…
Tattooing was generally performed during registration when each prisoner was assigned a camp serial number. The original method consisted of the using a metal plate being pressed into the flesh of the prisoner and rubbing dye into the wound. Generally, the tattoo read: AU (for Auschwitz) followed by a number. Some prisoners had "their numbers written on their chest in indelible ink, but this wore off too quickly8." The method of using a hot plate was implemented for prisoners who were too sickly and whose deaths were imminent. Jews selected for immediate death were almost never given numbers as well, "many Soviet POWs and police prisoners sent from the Myslowice prison due to overcrowding were not

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