Why didn’t they remove the yellow badge?

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Explain that this was complex. Wearing the yellow badge was compulsory in The Netherlands from May 1942. Anne Frank also had to wear a star. For not wearing it you could be imprisoned for 6 months and also be fined  thousand guilders.

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Everybody realized that ‘imprisoned’ probably meant death in a German camp. So removing the yellow badge was severely punished. It was also very easy to check who was Jewish or not. Jews all had a ‘J’ stamped in their identity papers.

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Mention the term discrimination here. The Jewish star is an example of this. 

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Children want to know because it seems to them to be a simple solution. By taking your star off you could avoid persecution. They think that by removing it the Nazis could no longer see who was Jewish and that they were no longer in danger.

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