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Lodz (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 1 mark note, owned by a Polish Jewish internee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.223.2

Lodz (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 1 mark note, owned by Abe Fingerhut, who was imprisoned in the ghetto from 1940 to 1944. Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Lodz was occupied a week later. In February 1940, Abe, his wife and infant son, Jozek, were put in the Jewish ghetto which was closed in with barbed wire. Abe, a tailor, worked in the ghetto textile industry. Conditions were terrible in the ghetto. Jozek died in July 1941. The day before the ghetto was liquidated on August 4, 1944, Abe was sent to Auschwitz. In September, he was transferred to Siegmar-Schoenau labor camp, a subcamp of Flossenburg, and assigned prisoner number 26495. In January 1945, he was marched to Hohenstein-Ernstthal labor camp. Abe was liberated by Soviet troops on May 7, 1945, on a death march to Flossenburg. He returned to Lodz and discovered that paretns and wife had been killed. Abe and a group of other survivors, feellng threatened by the Soviet occupation, fled west. Abe went to Lampertheim displaced persons camp in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1947.

Date
1940 May 15  (issue)
after 1940 May-before 1944 August  (received)
Geography
issue : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) (historic); Lodz (Poland)
received : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) historic; Lodz (Poland)
Language
German
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Money
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Diane Finger
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:17
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