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Deggendorf displaced persons camp scrip, 5-dollar note, acquired by a former director

Object | Accession Number: 2007.162.8

Scrip, valued at 5 dollars, distributed in Deggendorf displaced persons camp in the American zone of Germany, after November 5, 1945, and saved by Carl Atkin, former director of the camp. Under his direction, the camp opened a canteen to purchase items, introduced a currency with which to buy said products, and set up a banking system. Prior to the end of World War II in 1945, Carl accepted a post with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), an international humanitarian organization. On August 23, 1945, he led UNRRA Team 55 to the poorly run Deggendorf displaced persons camp in the American-occupied zone of Germany, where they took over management. Carl and his team stabilized the food supply, secured housing facilities, fostered cultural life with lectures, concerts, performances, and established a community newspaper. Praised for his leadership, improvement of living conditions, and boosting of morale at Deggendorf, he left his directorship in December 1945, and was appointed UNRRA’s Coordinator of Jewish Affairs. In March 1946, he returned to the US, rejoined his family in Los Angeles, and continued to work for the organization. On July 2, 1947, UNRRA terminated its activities and Carl transitioned into sales and advertising, financial management for a nightclub that he co-owned, and eventually aerospace production, management and documentation.

Date
after 1945 November 05  (issue)
after 1945 November 05-before 1945 December  (acquired)
Geography
issue : Deggendorf (Displaced persons camp); Deggendorf (Germany)
acquired : Deggendorf (Displaced persons camp); Deggendorf (Germany)
Language
English
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Money
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Genre/Form
Money.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Richard Katz
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