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Les Gueules Cassées French National Lottery ticket

Object | Accession Number: 2013.391.2

Les Gueules Cassées [Broken Jaws] French National Lottery ticket with a Hebrew foreign currency stamp acquired by Eva and Zvi Schloss, postwar for their collection. The lottery was offered by the French National Lottery office to provide money for the Union of the Wounded Face and Head Association or Broken Jaws, and other disfigured soldier's organizations. In March 1919, after World War I (1914-1918), France passed a law recognizing the right of injured veterans to compensation. Facial injuries were not considered disabling for work, however, and the maimed and disfigured were not eligible for public assistance. The veterans organized associations to provide assistance. The Gueules Cassees' national fundraising campaign eventually became the French National Lottery. Zvi Schloss, age 10, fled Nazi Germany, with his parents, Meier and Ilse, around 1935, after his father was released from Dachau where he was interned from 1933-1935. Eva Geiringer, age 9, and her parents, Erich and Fritzi, and brother Heinz fled Vienna, Austria, in 1938 for Amsterdam. It was occupied by Germany in 1940 and, in 1942, the family went into hiding. They were denounced in May 1944 and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. In January 1945, the SS began evacuations and Erich and Heinz were sent on a forced march. Eva and Fritzi were in the camp when Soviet troops arrived. Eva and her mother returned to Amsterdam. In August 1945, they received a Red Cross letter telling them that Erich and Heinz had perished.

issue:  1939
issue: France
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eva and Zvi Schloss
Record last modified: 2022-08-12 08:11:02
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