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Lodz (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 2 mark note acquired by a Polish Jewish survivor

Object | Accession Number: 1994.95.1

Lodz ghetto scrip, 2 mark note, acquired by Klara Schwarz (later Clara Kramer) at an unknown date; origin is also unknown as she was never a Lodz Ghetto resident. After Nazi Germany occupied Lodz in September 1939, it was renamed Litzmannstadt. When the ghetto was set up, currency was confiscated in exchange for Quittungen [receipts] that could be exchanged only in the ghetto. Klara was 12 when her hometown of Zolkiew, Poland, (later Zhovkva, Ukraine) was occupied. In December 1942, Klara, her sister Manja, and her parents went into hiding in a bunker under the home of an ethnic German family, Valentin and Julia Beck and daughter Ala. In April 1943, Manja sister was caught and killed by the Germans when she fled the bunker during a block fire. The region was liberated in July 1944. Klara went to a displaced person' camp in Austria, where she married and then emigrated to Israel in 1948.

Date
approximately 1940 May 15  (issue)
Geography
issue : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) (historic); Lodz (Poland)
Language
German
Classification
Exchange Media
Category
Money
Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Clara Kramer, in memory of her sister Mania
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:57
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