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Also in Ann West collection
The collection consists of badges, an armband, a cloth, scrip, a pamphlet, and personal papers related to Ann West's work for a German military laundry near Berlin, her deportation to Auschwitz and liberation, and her mother’s survival in Theresienstadt and status as a victim of fascism.
The armband is made of red cloth and inscribed with the letters "L.P." (Lagerpolizei).
The blue and grey-striped cloth was cut from an inmate's uniform at Auschwitz concentration camp
Scrip, valued at 10 (zehn) 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.
The Ann West papers consist of Red Cross correspondence Ann sent to her sister in the United States just before her deportation to Auschwitz and following her liberation, an identification card documenting her mother's status as a victim of fascism, a photograph of six girls working at a German military laundry, lyrics to concentration camp songs, and a copy of a poem by Johannes R. Becher.