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Krzyz Walecznych (Cross of Valor) medal and presentation box awarded to a Jewish conscript in the Soviet Army

Object | Accession Number: 2009.196.3 a-b

Krzyz Walecznych (Cross of Valor) medal with striped ribbon awarded to Kalman Barakan by Poland for his service in the Soviet Army in 1944. When Germany invaded Poland in June 1941, Kalman Barakan was a 30 year old lawyer in Bialystok. His home was destroyed and he had to move into a Jewish ghetto and do rough manual labor. He escaped in 1943 and lived in hiding, constantly on the move. In August 1943, the ghetto was destroyed; Kalman’s entire family was murdered in a death camp. In July 1944, the Soviet Army liberated the area and Kalman was forced into army service until the end of the war. He repatriated to Lodz, Poland.

Date
1944  (commemoration)
Geography
issue : Poland
Language
Polish
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
Object Type
Medals, Polish (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Kalman Barakan and Pauline Pajes Barakan
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:27
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