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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 50 kronen note, issued to a German Jewish inmate

Object | Accession Number: 2018.70.13

Scrip, valued at fifty kronen, issued to Margret Simon Hantman in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in Czechoslovakia between May 1943 and October 1944. Currency was confiscated from new inmates and replaced with scrip like this, which could only be used in the camp. Prior to the war, Margret and her family lived in Berlin, Germany, where her father owned a grocery store. In 1935, his store was taken by the authorities after the Nuremberg Laws were passed and he was forced to work as a laborer on the outskirts of the city. In October 1942, her sister Eva was sent on a transport to Rīga, Latvia, where she was murdered. In December, Margret and her parents were sent to Theresienstadt. They were forced to live separately, but could see each other. Margret worked in the stabsgarten [staff garden] where they grew vegetables enabling her to sneak food to her family. Margret’s father worked treating people who had lice and her mother did sewing. In September 1944, Margret’s father was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in German occupied Poland, where he was murdered. The following month she and her mother were sent there as well. Margret’s mother was killed soon after they arrived. After a few weeks, Margret was sent to Sackisch‐Kudowa labor camp to work in an airplane factory. She and the other prisoners were freed in May 1945, and Margret made her way to Deggendorf displaced persons camp that summer. She met her first husband Felix Huber at Deggendorf, and in 1946 they both immigrated to the United States.

use:  after 1943 May-before 1944 October
publication:  1943 January 01
issue: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Exchange Media
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margret Hantman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:51:03
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