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An emaciated woman selling Star of David armbands

An emaciated woman sells the compulsory Star of David armbands for Jews. In the background are concert posters; almost all are destroyed. Warsaw ghetto, Poland, September 19, 1941.

This photograph was taken by Heinrich Joest, a German army sergeant during World War II. On September 19, 1941, he took 140 images of every aspect of life and death in the Warsaw ghetto. 


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  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Guenther Schwarberg

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An emaciated woman sells the compulsory Star of David armbands for Jews. [LCID: 32298]