Handschar Division supply troops in Neuhammer delivering the uniforms for its members. Special dispensation was given for the wearing of the traditional Muslim fez in place of the field cap. This was produced in field-grey for field wear and in dark red for dress wear; in both cases, standard machine-woven SS eagle and death’s-head insignia were applied. A special colar patch was introduced for this division showing a hand holding a scimitar (Handschar) and a small swastika.
SS-Standartenführer Heinz Harmel, regimental commander in the SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Das Reich" and the 296th recipient of the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. (12/Sept/1943).
Claude Cahun -- at the door of her home, on the day of her liberation from a Nazi prison, where she had been under sentence of death. Between her teeth she holds a Nazi military badge, a gift from fellow prisoners. French photographer / writer / surrealist who moved to Jersey before the invasion in 1940, then for 4 years ran a campaign of propaganda among occupying German troops.
SS-Hauptscharführer Kurt Stegemann from the German cadre of the Handschar Division. This view shows the fez and its regulation machine-woven insignia as well the special collar patch to good advantage. Note also the Edelweiss on the right sleeve patch. He was in the signal battalion of the division.
Mauthausen concentration camp: An SS-Scharführer wearing a gray-green field uniform. The silver-gray braid on the collar was used by all SS non-commissioned officers. The face is perfect for the barbaric role.
Late 1930's. German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian children of Jewish descent were permitted to leave their countries and families on the Kindertransport; a train bound for Britain. These children ranged in age from infant to 17 and were placed with families in Britain. Many never saw their parents again.