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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 1 krone note, belonging to an Austrian Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2018.102.4

Scrip, valued at 1 krone, distributed in Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto-labor camp, obtained by inmate Lucie Fried (Steinhagen). Currency was confiscated from inmates and replaced with scrip, which could only be used in the camp. The scrip was part of an elaborate illusion to make the camp seem normal and appear as though workers were being paid for their labor, but the money had no real monetary value. Lucie was deported to Theresienstadt from Vienna, Austria in August 1942, accompanied by her mother, Fanny Fried, and her grandmother, Jeanette Weiss. Lucie had a job in the Jewish-run record office at Theresienstadt, which she credited as the reason she and her mother were never assigned to a transport out, and helped to get her grandmother off of the transport she was assigned to. Jeannette died after about five months, but Lucie and Fanny lived in Theresienstadt for three years until the Soviet Army liberated the camp on May 9, 1945. They eventually re-located to the Deggendorf displaced persons camp, where Lucie met Gerhard Steinhagen, a refugee from Berlin who had also been imprisoned at Theresienstadt in June 1942. The two would eventually marry in New York in 1947.

issue:  after 1943 May-before 1945 May 09
publication:  1943 January 01
issue: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
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Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lucie Steinhagen
Record last modified: 2022-06-29 17:20:31
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