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Weimar Germany, 50000 mark note, from the album of a Waffen-SS officer acquired by an American soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.455.5

Weimar Germany emergency 50,000 [funfzig tausend] mark note from the album of Hauptsturmfuhrer Gerhard Pleiss, an officer in the Waffen-SS, SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte SS "Adolf Hitler," 1st Company. Notes of this type were issued in 1922 as emergency currency during the years of hyperinflation. In 1936, the 21 year old Pleiss volunteered for the SS and was accepted into the Leibstandart, Hitler's personal bodyguard. He was awarded for his leadership in the May 1940 invasion of France and the April 1941 Balkans campaign. In June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Pleiss was killed by a mine on November 17, 1941, during the offensive on Rostov-on-Don. The note was preserved in Pleiss's photograph album, which was brought back from the war by Milton V. Elliott, an American soldier.

approximately 1919 June 24  (issue)
issue : Berlin (Germany)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Wendie Theus
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:24
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