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Lodz (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 5 mark coin acquired by Polish Jewish survivor

Object | Accession Number: 2003.460.8

Lodz Ghetto 5 mark coin token acquired by Edgar Gaerber, possibly when his family moved to Lodz in 1945. Ed, age 10, and his parents Dr. Bernard and Fanka Gaerber fled Lvov, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine] during the invasion by Germany in September 1939. The Soviet Union invaded from the east and the invaders divided the country; L'vov was in Soviet territory. In June 1941, Germany retook the region. The German occupation was brutal. Thousands of Jews were murdered in pogroms by local Ukrainians. In late 1941, Ed and his family had to relocate to the ghetto. In March 1942, the Germans began mass deportations to Belzec killing center. Ed's family got false identification papers and went into hiding, moving around to different towns. In July 1944, L'vov was liberated by the Soviet Army. In 1945, Ed and his parents moved to Lodz, Poland. The war ended when Germany surrendered on May 7. The family emigrated to Canada in 1949.

1943  (issue)
manufacture : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto); Lodz (Poland)
Exchange Media
Object Type
Tokens (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ed Gaerber
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:06:47
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