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Prisoner pyjamas

Rough striped pyjama type uniforms like these were similar to those worn by the prisoners held in the Nazi concentration camps. These prisoners were stripped of their own clothes and possessions and had their hair shaved off, destroying their sense of individuality.

These pyjamas were given to Sapper James Millar around 1945-46 when he was billeted in Berlin after the defeat of Germany. When he came home he kept them in his army trunk. His daughter explained: ‘Forty years after the war my father brought these pyjamas out of the attic and spoke about his war experiences to the local Boys’ Brigade. They remind us of the horrors experienced by those who wore them and who suffered for their faith’.

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