I bought this box of aluminium ID tags a while back in Europe, not knowing exactly what they were, assuming they were aircraft production related, due to the winged emblem visible on some of the discs. (The original box was damp/falling apart with a number of tags at the base of the box having to be thrown away due to very poor condition).
My assumption proved correct and after further research and help I have identified them as the ‘Forced Labour’ worker ID tags as employed by the Mashinenbau GmbK Ikaria aircraft works, Velten, in the out suburbs of Berlin (Brief history below).
They have been stored in a damp cellar for many years and have suffered aluminium corrosion/pitting to the obverse and reverse.
I’m offering 5 discs in each sale for £20, sold as seen. Be aware, as said they ARE WITH HEAVY STORAGE CORROSION.
They do clean to reveal the detail on one side only, being the aircraft factory emblem and the worker ID number (see images).
(I will be making a contribution to a related association, given the nature of the intended work & working conditions involved by the original wearers).
EACH SALE IS FOR 5 RANDOMLY SORTED DISCS
(4 lots now sold !)
Velten, Maschinenbau GmbH Ikaria & this ID tag brief history :-
Velten was the site for one of the earliest ‘Concentration Centres’ related to the Oranienburg concentration camp, staffed by the SA as early as 1933.
As of 1943 Velten was the site of 14 sub camps housing forced labour from across the occupied territories.
1941 an additional camp was set up adjacent too Maschinenbau GmbH Ikaria, related to aircraft production and ‘manned’ by approximately 1000 forced female workers from the Soviet Union. 1943/44 further women workers were deployed at the camp as forced labour firstly from Ravensbruck women’s concentration camp, latterly under the overseeing of Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
The women worked on aircraft production and aircraft cannon ‘Oerlikon’ manufacture, for the use in Heinkel aircraft.
They worked in Hall G. Another work site was the Havelschmelz-werk GmbH on Berliner Strasser 8. The women worked 12 hrs a day !