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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp scrip, 50 kronen note

Object | Accession Number: 1989.178.6

Scrip, valued at 50 (funfzig) kronen, of the type distributed in German occupied Czechoslovakia beginning in May 1943. Inmates were not allowed to have currency. The SS camp administrators ordered the Jewish Council to design scrip for use only in the camp. The notes were printed in 7 denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100. It was issued to create a false appearance of normalcy. There was little to obtain with the scrip. Located forty miles northwest of Prague, the camp was established by the Germans in November 24, 1941, and ceased operation in early May 1945, at the war's end. In 3.5 years, approximately 140,000 Jewish men, women, and children were transferred to Theresienstadt; nearly 90,000 were then deported, likely to their death further east. Conditions in the camp were terrible, as severe overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and lack of food led to illness and malnutrition. About 33,000 Jews died in Theresienstadt.

issue:  1943 January 01
issue: Theresienstadt (Concentration camp); Terezin (Ustecky kraj, Czech Republic)
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Object Type
Scrip (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Barry Arnold Perlman, in the name of Louis Perlman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:21:08
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