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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 1 krone note, acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.453.3

Theresienstadt ghetto scrip, value 1 krone, brought back from the war by Harold Goldberg, an American soldier who served in Europe, circa 1945-1946, during and after World War II. Scrip of this type was issued in Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia in German annexed Czechoslovakia. All currency was confiscated from internees upon entry. The scrip, dated January 1943, but first distributed in May, was for use only in the camp. There was little to exchange it for, other than library book rental. The notes created an illusion of a normal, functioning community. But living conditions were terrible, with death due to starvation, disease, or deportation constant threats. Theresienstadt (Terezin) camp existed for 3.5 years, from November 24, 1941, to May 9, 1945, when it was liberated by Soviet troops.

Date
after 1943 January 01  (issue)
approximately 1945-1946  (found)
Geography
issue : Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
Language
German
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Money
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the family of Harold Goldberg
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Record last modified: 2018-05-24 16:22:11
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