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Luftwaffe KRS shoulder board with gold piping acquired by US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 1985.1.11

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    Luftwaffe KRS shoulder board with gold piping acquired by US soldier

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Luftwaffe officer's Kraftfahrschule [KRS, Motor Transport School] shoulder strap with gold piping brought back from the war by Bernard B. Cohen, a soldier with the United States Third Army. The shoulder board appears to have been cut off a German uniform. Cohen was in combat with the Third Army from the fall of 1944 through the end of the war in May 1945.
    Date
    found:  approximately 1945
    issue:  after 1936 May 25-before 1945
    Geography
    found: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Estelle Cohen
    Contributor
    Subject: Bernard B. Cohen
    Issuer: Germany. Luftwaffe
    Biography
    Bernard Baruch Cohen was born on June 22, 1920, in Philadelphia, PA, to Simon and Sarah Cohen. His Yiddish speaking parents had immigrated to the United States from Imperial Russia. Bernard was the second of four children. After completing high school, he worked in a restaurant, and then at Sam Gerson’s apparel shop. In 1941, he married Estelle Elias (1922-2008.).

    In December 1941, the United States entered World War II (1939-1945.) Bernard enlisted in the US Army, Warrant Officers Branch, on February 11, 1943, and entered active service on February 18, He served with the Third Army under General Patton in combat across Europe from late October 1944 - mid-July 1945. Bernard was honorably discharged from the military on November 1, 1945. He returned to Philadelphia. Bernard and Estelle had a son and a daughter. They owned and operated two maternity and baby shops, Dorebel's Maternity and Baby Shops in South Philadelphia and Mayfair. They were members of Adath Shalom synagogue and active in the wider Jewish community. Bernard, 63, passed away on August 23, 1983, in Philadelphia. In 1986, Estelle received the Israel Freedom Award from the State of Israel Women's Division. Estelle, 86, passed away on August 26, 2008.

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Military Insignia
    Category
    Badges
    Object Type
    Shoulder boards (aat)
    Genre/Form
    Uniforms
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, dark gray wool shoulder board with yellow-gold wool piping, gray cloth lining, a finished buttonhole at the rounded end, and a roughly cut straight edge at the opposite end. The upper board has 3 intertwined, uppercase letters, KRS, chain stitched sideways in yellow-gold thread. The piping is slightly worn and discolored. When worn, the board rests on the shoulder and it has an attached extension strap which is passed through loops on a coat so the buttonholes align to fasten. This appears to have been cut off a uniform.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 4.000 inches (10.16 cm) | Width: 1.750 inches (4.445 cm) | Depth: 0.125 inches (0.318 cm)
    Materials
    overall : wool, cloth, thread
    Inscription
    front, embroidered, yellow-gold thread : KRS [Kraftfahrschule / Motor Transport School]

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Germany. Luftwaffe

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The epaulet was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1985 by Estelle Cohen, the wife of Bernard B. Cohen.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-16 07:06:34
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