Spring Auction 2019 Sale 75
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/30/2019
A rare item, a chest or (more likely) hat badge worn by a Polish member of the Jewish Order Service, referred to by their fellow Jews as the Jewish Police. These auxiliary police units were organized in the Jewish ghettos of Europe by local Judenrat councils under order of the occupying German Nazis. The hexagonal brass badge measures 1 1/2" across with a blue enamel border and raised lettering at the edge: "ORDNUNGSDIENST SLUZBA PORZADKOW" ("Auxiliary Police" in German and Polish) . At center appears a Star of David. The reverse bears a screw-on dial with maker's mark: "J. Olszewski GRAWER WARSZAWA" indicating this item was manufactured in Warsaw and was likely worn by a Jewish policeman in the Warsaw Ghetto. Very good condition, and in every respect identical to the example visible at the website of the Imperial War Museum. Members of the Jewish police rarely wore uniforms, carried no firearms, and were used primarily to secure Jews for deportation. They usually had little connection with the communities they oversaw; some even converted to Christianity and adopted anti-Semitic attitudes. The Warsaw Ghetto had the largest contingent of Jewish police, numbering about 2,500. Of course, by war's end, these collaborators met the same end as their victims.
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $615.00
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
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