Auction - August 2021

WWII OST ARBEITER FORCED LABOR BADGE

The auction will start in __ days and __ hours

Start price: $50

Estimated price:

Auction house commission: 25%

WWII OST ARBEITER FORCED LABOR BADGE

German WWII forced labor identification cloth patch, blue field with OST in white letters, to identify a forced laborer. The badge would have been worn by a forced laborer to identify them as an Ostarbeiter [Worker from the East], usually Russian or Ukrainian, deported to work in Nazi Germany. The patch would have been sewn to the chest with the outer white border visible. After Germany attacked the Soviet Union in the spring of 1941, the need for forced labor to support the war effort became an urgent necessity. Beginning in 1942, millions of forced laborers were deported from the Soviet Union to work in factories and other civilian labor details. They were housed in so-called residence camps that often had barbed wire and SS guards

×