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This variation of the clothing storage room card has been preserved in the ITS archive. It was used in Buchenwald and elsewhere. This card made a distinction between Gefangenenkleidung (G – “prisoner clothing”) and Zivilkleidung (Z – “civilian clothing”). This distinction was made by April 1941 at the latest, when there was no longer enough striped prisoner clothing available. From November 1942, only labor details working outside the camp were supposed to be issued striped clothing. Despite this regulation, there were still not enough striped uniforms. From August 1944, therefore, even prisoners working outside the camp were supposed to wear civilian clothing. This clothing would be marked, however; in Ravensbrück, for example, a white X was painted on the back.

This variation of the clothing storage room card has been preserved in the ITS archive. It was used in Buchenwald and elsewhere. This card made a distinction between Gefangenenkleidung (G – “prisoner clothing”) and Zivilkleidung (Z – “civilian clothing”). This distinction was made by April 1941 at the latest, when there was no longer enough striped prisoner clothing available. From November 1942, only labor details working outside the camp were supposed to be issued striped clothing. Despite this regulation, there were still not enough striped uniforms. From August 1944, therefore, even prisoners working outside the camp were supposed to wear civilian clothing. This clothing would be marked, however; in Ravensbrück, for example, a white X was painted on the back.

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