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Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 50 pfennig note

Object | Accession Number: 1994.79.1

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    Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 50 pfennig note

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Scrip with a receipt value of 50 cents issued in 1940 in the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Poland, which was renamed Litzmannstadt by the Germans following their invasion and occupation of Poland in September 1939. When the Germans transferred Jews to the ghetto, they confiscated all currency in exchange for scrip that could be spent only inside the ghetto. The scrip was designed by the Judenrat [Jewish Council] of the Łódź ghetto, and includes traditional Jewish symbols.
    Date
    issue:  1940 May 15
    Geography
    issue: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leah Rosenfield
    Markings
    front, center, printed in black ink : QUITTUNG / ÜBER / 50 PFENNIG [Receipt for 50 Pfennig]
    front, bottom, printed in black ink : DER AELTESTE DER JUDEN / IN LITZMANNSTADT / M. R[-?] / LITZMANNSTADT DEN 15 MAI 1940 [The Elder of the Jews in Lodz, (illegible signature of Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski), Lodz, the 15 of May, 1940]
    back, top, printed in black ink: QUITTUNG ÜBER / FÜNFZIG PFENNIG [Receipt for 50 Pfennig]
    back, lower center, printed in red ink : No 314392
    back, bottom, printed black ink : WER DIESE QUITTUNG VERFÄLSCHT / ODER NACHMACHT ODER GEFÄLSCHTE / QUITTUNGEN IN VERKEHR BRINGT, / WIRD STRENGSTENS BESTRAFT [Anyone who falsifies or copies this receipt, or traffics in counterfeit receipts, will be strictly punished

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Money
    Object Type
    Scrip (aat)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper scrip. Front has design of a 7-branched candelabrum, or menorah, at center, numerical denomination 50 in black ink lower left and upper right corners, and 6-pointed stars, or Magen David, in upper left and lower right corners; background is light purple, with a lattice design of 6-pointed stars. German text in black across and below menorah. Back has same light-purple background design. German text in black at top and bottom; numerical denomination 50 in black ink upper corners; serial number in lower center.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 2.120 inches (5.385 cm) | Width: 3.370 inches (8.56 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The scrip was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Leah Rosenfield in 1994.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:22:28
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