Accession Number: NEKHC:2016.30

Object: Displaced Person Registration Record

Category: Rudi Oppenheimer; Germany; The Netherlands; Westerbork; Bergen-Belsen 

Physical Description: White card folded in half. Contains stamped ink and handwriting. 

Information on Item: This Displaced Person Registration Record was donated to the Museum by Rudi Oppenheimer. 

Further Information: This Displaced Persons Registration Record was donated to the Museum by Rudi Oppenheimer. Rudi was born on 1 October 1931, in Berlin, Germany. He was the middle of three children, and although he was born in Germany, the family were living in Holland at the time of their arrest by the Nazi regime. After Rudi’s liberation he was issued this card which contains details of his identity such as his previous home address, his mother’s names, and spoken languages. The record includes a medical clearance certificate which confirms the holder's medical status at the time. This is significant in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust as troops liberating many thousands of people from the Nazi camp system were faced with a humanitarian crisis on an enormous scale. Thousands of people were seriously ill and starving after their experiences, and controlling the spread of infectious diseases was a priority. Most survivors of the Nazi camps were also far removed from their homes and country of origin, creating a huge number of refugees and displaced persons.  

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