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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 2 kronen, acquired by Kindertransport refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2011.141.3

Scrip, valued at 2 [zwei] kronen, of the type distributed in German occupied Czechoslovakia acquired by Gustav Meyer. Gustav was sent to safety on a Kindertransport from Germany to Great Britain ca. 1938. Inmates in Theresienstadt were not allowed to have currency. The SS ordered the Jewish Council to design scrip for use only in the camp. Notes were printed in 7 denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100. The scrip was issued to create a false appearance of normalcy. There was little to obtain with it. The camp was in operation from November 24, 1941 until early May 1945. Approximately 140,000 Jewish men, women, and children were transferred to Theresienstadt; nearly 90,000 were then deported, likely to their death, further east. About 33,000 Jews died in Theresienstadt.

Date
1943 January 01  (issue)
Geography
issue : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Language
German
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Money
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Gustav (Gus) Meyer
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:22:00
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