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Identifying Marks For Jews in Poland

Regulation for the Identification of Jewish Men and Women

in the Government-General, November 23, 1939


Pursuant to § 5, Para. 1, of the Edict of the Fuehrer and Reich Chancellor on the Administration of the Occupied Polish Territories, dated October 12, 1939 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 2077), I order:



All Jews and Jewesses within the Government-General who are over ten years of age are required, beginning December 1, 1939, to wear on the right sleeve of their inner and outer garments a white band at least 10 cm. wide, with the Star of David on it.



Jews and Jewesses must procure these armbands themselves, and provide them with the required distinguishing mark.



1) Violations will be punished by imprisonment.

2) Cases will be judged by Special Courts.



Orders required for the implementation of this regulation will be issued by the Chief of the Internal Administration Division in the Governor General's office.


krakow, November 23, 1939


The Governor General

for the Occupied Polish Territories



VBIGG, 1939, p. 61.

Source: Yad Vashem