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Ww2 identification arm bands
« on: Saturday 30 January 21 08:33 GMT (UK) »
I thought someone on here might know the answer of where to look
To help Kristian N who says

"One of my most treasured possessions is an armband with a pink triangle on it. I bought it/saved it from a man who had a collection of Nazi memorabilia and had it for the wrong reasons. I always wondered if there was a way to identify who it belonged to and their fate from the markings and stamp on the band. It is a great learning tool because so many people are unaware of how many different arm bands there were. "


Weren't the pink triangle s used to identify homosexual people ?
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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 30 January 21 09:36 GMT (UK) »
A little here.....................  :)

https://time.com/5295476/gay-pride-pink-triangle-history/


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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 30 January 21 10:15 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Frank

And here's a bit more about the arm band Kristian has

". . The thing that strikes me the most about the arm band is how intricately it is sewn. I make quilts and I always appreciate someone’s attention to detail. The arm band has perfect seams and appliqué. I can’t imagine that they would have been mass produced by some large machine but rather made by forced labor.  So seeing the perfection in their technique Is humbling as well as the fact that someone had to wear that to identify themselves."
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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 30 January 21 21:00 GMT (UK) »
Ive been told that a letter was sewn inside each triangle for non germans which represented the country or town that the wearer came from.
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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 30 January 21 23:33 GMT (UK) »
A little here.....................  :)

https://time.com/5295476/gay-pride-pink-triangle-history/


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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 31 January 21 04:18 GMT (UK) »
I've been sent photos of the arm band on messenger but don't know how to share or copy onto here .

I wonder how rare it is to find something like this .

The link Frank shared is very sad ... persecution of homosexuals didn't end with the war .

What was done to Alun Turing the code breaker in England would be considered barbaric now and it's only 70 years ago
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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 31 January 21 22:39 GMT (UK) »
A bit on Wikipedia re Nazi Concentration Camp Badges

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_concentration_camp_badge

It mentions the pink one.
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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #7 on: Monday 01 February 21 21:00 GMT (UK) »
Thanks girl guide.im.trying to.post the pictures
So TK could mean trans woman ?

Or T from Checkoslovakia ..spelt with T in German
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Re: Ww2 identification arm bands
« Reply #8 on: Monday 01 February 21 21:20 GMT (UK) »
Picture with permission from Kristian the owner of the arm band
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