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Łódź ghetto scrip, 10 mark note, given to a survivor searching for relatives

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    Łódź ghetto scrip, 10 mark note, given to a survivor searching for relatives

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Scrip with a receipt value of 10 marks issued beginning May 15, 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:  after 1940 May 15
    Geography
    issue: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jack Goldman
    Markings
    face, lower left corner, black ink : 10
    face, upper left, in red ink : No 258735
    face, upper center, black ink : Quittung / über / Zehn Mark [Receipt for Ten Marks]
    face, lower center, black ink : Der Aelteste der Juden / in Litzmannstadt / M. R[-?] [The Elder of the Jews in Lodz, (illegible signature of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski)]
    face, lower left : Litzmannstadt, den 15 Mai 1940 [Lodz, the 15 of May, 1940]
    back, lower right, black ink : 10
    back, upper left, black ink : Quittung über / zehn Mark [Receipt for ten mark]
    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 large German text in black at center, with smaller German text in black at upper and lower left, and lower right corner. Numerical denomination 10 in lower left corner and upper right corner. Serial number in upper left corner. Background is green, with a lattice of 6-pointed stars, or Magen David. Back has same green lattice background. There is a 7-branched candelabrum, or menorah, is in lower left corner; a 6-pointed star in upper right. Numerical denomination 10 in lower right. German text in upper left corner and along bottom.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 3.000 inches (7.62 cm) | Width: 5.625 inches (14.288 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

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

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    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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