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Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 5 mark note

Object | Accession Number: 1994.89.1

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    Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 5 mark note

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    Brief Narrative
    Scrip receipt for 5 marks issued in the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Poland. Nazi Germany occupied Poland on September 1, 1939. Łódź was renamed Litzmannstadt and, in February 1940, the Germans forcibly relocated the large Jewish population into a sealed ghetto. All currency was confiscated in exchange for Quittungen [receipts] that could be exchanged only in the ghetto. The scrip was designed by the Judenrat [Jewish Council] and includes traditional Jewish symbols. The Germans closed the ghetto in the summer of 1944 by deporting the residents to concentration camps or killing centers.
    issue:  1940 May 15
    issue: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Henry and Rose Brewster
    face, upper right corner, printed, black ink : 5
    face lower left corner, printed black and orange ink : 5
    face, rectangle upper left corner, printed, black ink : Quittung / über [Receipt for]
    face, center, printed, black and orange ink : Fünf Mark [Five Marks]
    face, bottom, printed, black ink : Der Aelteste der Juden / in Litzmannstadt / M. Rumkowski / Litzmannstadt, den 15 Mai 1940 [Receipt for five marks / The Elder of the Jews in Litzmannstadt M. Rumkowski / Litzmannstadt, 15 May 1940]
    reverse, upper left corner, printed black ink : Quittung über / Fünf Mark [Reciept for five marks]
    reverse, 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]
    reverse, lower right, printed, black and orange ink : 5

    Physical Details

    Exchange Media
    Object Type
    Scrip (aat)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, offwhite, paper scrip missing both lower corners. The face has a rectangular, background latticework pattern in green ink with the serial number in red ink in the upper left corner. The denomination 5 is in the upper right corner in a black square. There is a 1.5 inch left margin, then a rectangle with a curved upper left corner with a background of interlocked Stars of David with a large star in a circle on the upper left in brown ink. Across the center is the textual denomination with German text above and below and an engraved signature on the lower right. The back has a blank background with a 1.5 inch right margin, then a rectangle with a pattern of interlocked Jewish stars in brown ink. There is German text in the upper left corner and below the rectangle, and a 7-branched candelabrum within the lower left corner. The denomination 5 in bold font is outside the border at the lower right corner; above this, near the upper right corner, is a Star of David outline in a black square.
    overall: Height: 2.750 inches (6.985 cm) | Width: 5.000 inches (12.7 cm)
    overall : paper, ink
    face, upper left corner, stamped, red ink : No 382981

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    Administrative Notes

    The scrip was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1994 by Henry and Rose Brewster.
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