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Westerbork transit camp voucher, 10 cent note, acquired by a former inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2004.216.1

Westerbork scrip issued in 1944 and acquired by Ruth Franken, who was imprisoned at the transit camp when she was 5 years old from 1942 to 1943. The vouchers [gutschein] were distributed as an incentive for doing work. In May 1940, Germany occupied the Netherlands. In 1942, Ruth, her parents, Irma and Max, and grandmother, Roberta, were arrested in Amsterdam and sent to Westerbork. In 1943, they were deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, and in 1944, to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. Roberta died either in Westerbork or Bergen-Belsen. Max was deported to Auschwitz on September 28, 1944. Theresienstadt was liberated by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945. Ruth and Irma were sent to a convent where Irma was told by a woman that Max was killed escaping Auschwitz. When they returned to the family apartment in Amsterdam, they found Max sitting on the couch. In March 1947, the family emigrated to the United States where Irma had a sister.

Date
1944 February 15  (issue)
Geography
issue : Westerbork (Concentration camp); Westerbork (Netherlands)
Language
German
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Money
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ruth Levie
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:45
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