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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 1 krone note

Object | Accession Number: 1989.251.1

Theresienstadt scrip, valued at 1 (eine) krone acquired there by Rene W. Schonfeldt, 12, when he was a prisoner in Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto-labor camp from September 1944-May 1945. The ghetto currency was distributed from May 1943, and Rene saved one of each denomination: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100. The scrip was issued to create a false appearance of normalcy in the camp. There was nothing to obtain with the scrip. Soon after Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933, Rene's parents Hans and Hanna fled Berlin with their infant son to Hilversum, Netherlands. In May 1940, Germany occupied the Netherlands. In January 1942, Rene and his parents were interned in Westerbork transit camp. In September 1944, they were deported to Theresienstadt. Soon after their arrival, his father was sent to Auschwitz and murdered. Theresienstadt was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. Rene and his mother were repatriated to the Netherlands. They left for America in 1948.

received:  1944 September-1945 May
received: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Exchange Media
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Barbara and Ronald W. Schonfeld In memory of Hans Schönfeldt
Record last modified: 2023-02-23 16:44:21
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