The Yellow Star was used as a way to brand or distinguish Jews from non-Jews. The branding made it clear to the German citizens and authorities who could be legally persecuted and discriminated against.
This Yellow Star of David would become known as “the badge of shame”.
Kristallnacht was the event that totally changed the method Jews were persecuted and made it more physical instead of political and social.
The yellow badge did not become a standard of the Nazi regime until after Hitler invaded Poland in September of 1939 to officially begin the start of World War II.
Distinguishing marks such as a yellow patch date back to 1215 in Europe where Jews and Muslims had to be identifiable because it was a Christian country.
History tends to repeat itself which is sad in some instances especially when it resurrects anti-Semitism.
The resurrection of this yellow badge can be credited to Reinhard Heydrich, a high ranking Nazi official. The fad spread quickly throughout Europe.
The decree was: “We are returning to the Middle Ages. The yellow patch once again becomes a part of Jewish dress.”
It wasn’t long before all Jews throughout Europe were required to wear the yellow badge on their person.
All Jewish clothing had to have the star sewn on their clothing with the inscription “Jude” which meant Jew in German.
In French and Dutch the inscription was “Juif” and “Jood” which also stood for Jew.
The patch was worn on different locations depending on their location in Europe.
Some countries required the patch worn on the left side of the breast, on the back, right arm and even on the knee. No matter what location it was a cruel shameful requirement.
What a humiliating experience which caused many Jews to shy away from public. If Jews did come out with or without the badge they were exposed to fines, beatings to the point of death and imprisonment.
Can you imagine the fear mixed with the shame of having a distinguishing mark that would cause others to treat you differntly and it was usually hostile treatment.
Hostility and mistreatment for being what God created you to be.