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Food ration coupon issued to a Polish forced laborer

Object | Accession Number: 1990.259.1

Food ration coupon issued to Joseph Wardzala for Lebenstedt Firmenlager, a work camp near Braunschweig, Germany. The coupon has separate sections for warm and cold food and for sugar rations. Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany in September 1939. In April 1941, Joseph, age 18, a Roman Catholic, was kidnapped by the Germans from the streets of Tarnow and deported to Watenstedt-Salzgitter labor camp in northwest Germany. He was forced to work in construction for the German Army. Joseph was liberated by American troops in April 1945. He was taken to a United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA) displaced persons camp. After five years, he finally acquired a visa to the United States and, in 1950, emigrated to the US where he settled in Connecticut.

Date
approximately 1943  (issue)
Geography
issue : forced labor camp; Lebenstedt (Germany)
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Coupons
Object Type
Ration cards (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joseph Wardzala
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:07:02
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