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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 50 kronen note

Object | Accession Number: 1991.216.6

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Scrip, valued at 50 kronen, issued in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto-labor camp in 1943. All currency was confiscated from deportees upon entry and replaced with scrip and ration coupons that could be exchanged only in the camp. The Theresienstadt camp existed for 3.5 years, from November 24, 1941 to May 9, 1945. It was located in a region of Czechoslovakia occupied by Germany, renamed the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and made part of the Greater German Reich.
    Date
    issue:  1943 January 01
    Geography
    issue: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eric Wellisch, In Memory of Mrs. Erna Bernat
    Markings
    front, upper center, printed in blue ink : QUITTUNG ÜBER / FÜNFZIG KRONEN [RECEIPT OF / FIFTY CROWNS]
    front, lower center, printed in middle text then above in blue ink : 50
    front, lower center, smaller text than above, printed in blue ink : WER DIESE QUITTUNG VERFÄLSCHT ODER NACHMACHT / ODER GEFÄLSCHTE QUITTUNGEN IN VERKEHR BRINGT. / WIRD STRENGSTENS BESTRAFT [ANYONE WHO FALSIFIES OR DISTORTS OR FAKES THIS RECEIPT, OR COUNTERFEITS RECEIPT, WILL BE STRICTLY PUNISHED]
    reverse, upper left in border, serial number, printed in red ink : 009897
    reverse, right center below scrollwork, series number, printed in red ink :
    reverse, center, printed in blue ink : Quittung / über / FÜNFZIG KRONEN [Receipt / of / FIFTY CROWNS]
    reverse, lower center, printed in black ink : THERESIENSTADT, AM 1.JANNER 1943 DER ALTESTE DER JUDEN / IN THERESIENSTADT [THERESIENSTADT, ON 1. JANUARY 1943 THE ELDER OF THE JEWS IN THERESIENSTADT]
    reverse, bottom right, printed in black ink : Jakob Edelstein
    Contributor
    Subject: Erna Bernat
    Biography
    Erna Bernat was born on March 6, 1912. She was incarcerated at Theresienstadt ghetto/labor camp in German occupied Czechoslovakia from September 1943 to April 1945. Erna, age 79, died July 1991.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Money
    Object Type
    Scrip (aat)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper scrip. The front has a graphic design in black and blue/green ink on a blue/green background. The front depicts Moses holding 2 stone tablets with the 10 Commandments in Hebrew characters in a medallion on the left, with German text on the right. The right side has an off-white border with the denomination 50 in the lower corner with a 6-pointed Star of David above. The reverse has a blue/green geometric background design with German text, and a scrollwork line. Below the text is an engraved signature. The denomination 50 is in the upper right corner. The left side has a wide, off-white border with the denomination 50 in the lower corner with a 6-pointed Star of David above. The serial number is in the upper left corner. The series number is on the right, center under the scrollwork.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.750 inches (6.985 cm) | Width: 5.500 inches (13.97 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Theresienstadt scrip was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in December 1991 by Eric Wellisch.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:21:38
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