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Pince-nez with black cord given to a Jewish American soldier by survivors of the Lodz ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2007.475.5

Clip-on eyeglasses given to 24 year-old Bernard Kupferman, a Jewish American soldier, by a Polish Jew named Edward, whom he met in Lodz, Poland, on February 17, 1945. Bernard was recently liberated from a German prisoner-of-war (POW) camp and was walking through Poland with a group of fellow former POWs trying to find a way home. They met Edward and a group of Jewish survivors of the Lodz ghetto who gave Bernard a siddur, a Jewish prayer book, that had the names of the group members inscribed in the back. The book also contained a pair of pince-nez glasses that had belonged to a female associate who had been killed by the Germans. The group met regularly to share information and gave the siddur to Bernard because they wanted to be remembered. The Lodz ghetto was destroyed by the Germans in the spring of 1944 and all the inhabitants had been deported to concentration camps. Bernard was a sergeant in the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division of the United States Army. While crossing the Meuse River in Belgium on September 5, 1944, Bernard and his battalion were attacked and he was wounded and captured by the Germans. He was imprisoned in Stalag IIIC in Kustrin, Germany, and liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945. He and his fellow prisoners walked from Kustrin to Poland, and then to the Ukraine. A high ranking U.S. Army officer heard about the soldiers and arranged for them to be taken to a resort. In March/April, following their recuperation, they were sent home to the United States.

Date
1945  (received)
Geography
received : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) (historic); Lodz (Poland)
Object Type
Pince-nez (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Bernard and Sylvia Kupferman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:45
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