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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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  • 1. Badges of DishonorCheryl BennettHis 104Professor Lyons February 8, 2010 Badges1

2. The Badges Purpose The Nazis used colored triangular badges to distinguish theimprisoned groups from each other within the camps and toshow that they were to be considered dangerous. Some badgescontained letters and/or symbols that referred to an inmatesnationality, attempt at escape, or any number of other minorcategories. This color-coded system was a way to keep a nearlypaperless record of the inmates. Badges 2 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.) 3. Contents The Badges 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 2Badges3 4. (The persecuted people)Badges 4 5. Poster of Concentration Camp BadgesBadges 5(Artifacts:, 2009) 6. *A Note About theJews BadgesJews would be issuedeither a single yellow triangle or acombination of an invertedcolored triangle in front of anupright yellow triangle to formthe star of David. If one of thetriangles had a white or blackoutline it mean someone whowas a race defiler. Badges 6 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.) 7. GypsiesThe 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. HomosexualsBased 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. Political The red triangles meaning Prisonersdepended 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. Badges9 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.) 10. Religious The purple badges were used more Dissenters often to mark Jehovah Witnesses;however, they also labeled any religiousleader who denounced Hitler and the Nazisactions, and/or the Nazis attempt to create anew religion with Hitler as a divine being.This group included Catholicpriests, Christian preachers, Protestantparsons, and Rabbis.Badges 10 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.) 11. HardenedThe green badge was placed on Criminalsordinary 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. Asocials This was the most diverse group andincluded vagrants, beggars, thehomeless, mentally ill, mentallyimpaired, alcoholics, prostitutes, gypsies, non-religious pacifists, military assignmentdodgers, and anyone without a permanentaddress.Badges12 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.) 13. ImmigrantsThe blue badges were placed onpeople who had moved to Germany fromother lands but were not citizens. They weregenerally used as just slave labor unless theywere Jewish.Badges 13 (Mosaic of Victims,2009.) 14. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST LOSSES Badges 14 15. From Bystander to Victim Bystanders Anyone who looked the other way or denied whatwas going on. ResistersAnyone who hid the victims from the Nazis and/or who chose to fight back PersecutorsNazi RegimeVictims6 million Jews300,000 handicapped250,000 homosexuals2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses800,000 Gypsies1.5 million political dissidents4 million Soviet P.O.W.s3 million non- Jewish Slavic & 3 million Jewish civiliansBadges15 (World War 2, 2010, para 30.) 16. Approx. Totals of the Nazis Victims 300,000 250,0002,000 Jehovah'shandicapped homosexuals Witnesses1.5 million political4 million Soviet 800,000 Gypsiesdissidents P.O.W.s3 million non-Jewish Slavic & 33 million German million Jewish Jews civilians Badges 16 (World War 2, 2010, para 30.) 17. Cultural Fatalities ReligiousArtistesIntellectuals LeadersEntertainers NovelistsPreachersMedical DancersRabbis PersonnelMusicians ScientistsPriestsPaintersEducatorsGovernment Actors Personnel Badges 17 (World War 2, 2010, para 30.) 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 NIEMLLER(Martin Niemller , 2009, para 2.)Badges 18 19. References United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2009.) Artifacts: Classification System in NaziConcentration Camps. Retrieved January 26, 2010 from States Holocaust Memorial Museum., (2009.) Martin Niemller: FirstThey Came for the Socialists. Retrieved on January26, 2010 from Badges 19 20. References United States Holocaust Memorial Museum., (2009.) Mosaic of Victims: In Depth. Retrieved onJanuary 26, 2010 from War 2: Holocaust., (2010.) Retrieved on January 28, 2010 from Badges20