Uniform and clothing

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On arrival at concentration camps prisoners had their clothing taken away, often to be replaced by a striped uniform (now known as striped pyjamas). Men would wear a vest, trousers, hat and coat. Women would be supplied a smock type dress.

On their feet prisoners wore wooden or leather clogs. As socks were not supplied, clogs would rub on feet and ankles, causing foot sores. This could be very dangerous, as the conditions in barracks and around the camp were extremely poor. Prisoners could very easily get an infection, which could then lead to death.

Clothes would be changed approximately every six weeks. As prisoners would have to work and sleep in the same clothes, they would be very dirty.

Prisoners were identified by a number printed on their clothing and also an inverted triangle with lettering to signify the reason for imprisonment. Criminals were marked with a green triangle, political prisoners with red, homosexuals with pink, whilst Jehovah’s Witnesses wore a purple triangle and asocials (including Roma) wore a black triangle.

In some camps, Jews were usually marked by a yellow triangle over a red triangle to form the Star of David. However, in others a yellow star identified them as being Jewish.

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