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Łódź ghetto scrip, 50 pfennig note, given to a survivor searching for relatives

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    Łódź ghetto scrip, 50 pfennig note, given to a survivor searching for relatives

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Scrip with a receipt value of 50 cents issued in 1940 in the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Poland, renamed Litzmannstadt by the Germans following their occupation of Poland in September 1939. The scrip was given to Jack Goldman by a survivor of the ghetto in 1945. Goldman was himself a survivor of the Lublin and Warsaw ghettos. He was in Łódź in 1945 looking for loved ones, but did not find any who had survived. When the Germans transferred Jews to the Łódź ghetto, they confiscated all currency in exchange for scrip that could be spent only inside the ghetto. The scrip was designed by the Judenrat [Jewish Council] of the Łódź ghetto. The ghetto was liquidated by the Germans in August 1944.
    Date
    issue:  1940 May 15
    Geography
    issue: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jack Goldman
    Markings
    front, lower left and upper right corners, white on printed background of purple ink : 50
    front, center, printed in black ink : QUITTUNG / ÜBER / 50 PFENNIG [Receipt for 50 pfennig]
    front, bottom, printed in black ink : DER AELTESTE DER JUDEN / IN LITZMANNSTADT / M. R[-?] / LITZMANNSTADT DEN 15 MAI 1940 [The Elder of the Jews in Lodz, (illegible signature of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski), Lodz, the 15 of May, 1940]
    back, upper corners, printed in black ink : 50
    back, top, printed in black ink : QUITTUNG ÜBER / FÜNFZIG PFENNIG [Receipt for 50 pfennig]
    back, lower center, printed in red ink : No 790369
    back, bottom, printed black ink : WER DIESE QUITTUNG VERFÄLSCHT / ODER NACHMACHT ODER GEFÄLSCHTE / QUITTUNGEN IN VERKEHR BRINGT, / WIRD STRENGSTENS BESTRAFT [Anyone who falsifies or copies this receipt, or traffics in counterfeit receipts, will be strictly punished]
    Contributor
    Subject: Jack Goldman
    Biography
    Jack Goldman was in the Lublin and Warsaw ghettos in Poland during the Holocaust. In 1945, he traveled to Łódź, looking for loved ones, but did not find any who had survived. He later settled in the United States.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Money
    Object Type
    Scrip (aat)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper scrip. Front has design of a 7-branched candelabrum, or menorah, at the center, the numerical denomination 50 in lower left and upper right corners, and 6-pointed stars, or Magen David, in upper left and lower right corners; background is light purple, with a lattice design of 6-pointed stars. There is German text in black ink across and below the menorah. The reverse has the same light-purple background design; German text purple ink at the top and bottom; the numerical denomination 50 in upper corners; and the serial number in the lower center.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.250 inches (5.715 cm) | Width: 3.370 inches (8.56 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The scrip was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Jack Goldman.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:28:56
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