Military ribbon bar awarded to a Jewish American soldier

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ribbon bar issued to 24 year-old Bernard Kupferman, a sergeant in the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army. The ribbons represent the following awards: Purple Heart, American Defense Medal, and European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. While crossing the Meuse River in Belgium on September 5, 1944, Bernard and his battalion were attacked and captured by the Germans. Bernard was wounded and imprisoned in Stalag IIIC in Kustrin, Germany, and liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945. He and a group of fellow prisoners walked from Kustrin to Poland and then to the Ukraine. When a high ranking U.S. Army officer heard about the soldiers, he arranged for them to be taken to a resort area. In March/April, following their recuperation, they were shipped home to the United States.

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  • Title: Military ribbon bar awarded to a Jewish American soldier
  • Provenance: The military ribbon bar was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Bernard and Sylvia Kupferman.
  • Subject Keywords: Prisoners of war--Germany--Biography. Prisoners of war--United States--Biography. Jewish soldiers--United States--Biography. Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German.
  • Type: Military Insignia
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular, gold colored, metal bar covered with 3 cloth ribbons attached with a pin. The vertical stripes are as follows: the left: purple with white edges; center: yellow with blue, white, and red stripes; right: green, brown, green, pink, white, green, blue, white, pink, green, white, black, white, tan. The cloth bar is covered with plastic and there are 2 metal stars attached over the plastic.