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Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 awarded to a Jewish Polish veteran of the Soviet Army

Object | Accession Number: 2009.196.5

Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 with ribbon awarded to Kalman Barakan for his service as a soldier in the Soviet Army during World War II. 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. After the war ended in May 1945, Kalman repatriated to Lodz, Poland.

Date
1941-1945  (commemoration)
Geography
issue : Poland
Language
Russian
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Medals
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 14:24:41
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