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Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 5 mark coin

Object | Accession Number: 1995.69.1

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    Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto scrip, 5 mark coin
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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    5 mark coin issued in the Łódź ghetto in Poland in 1943. After Nazi Germany occupied Poland, Łódź was renamed Litzmannstadt and annexed to the German Reich. 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 and tokens were 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.
    Date
    issue:  1943
    Geography
    manufacture: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Carolyn C. Landau
    Markings
    obverse: GETTO / 1943
    reverse, around outside: DER AELTESTE DER JUDEN• / •IN LITZMANNSTADT [JEWISH ELDERS]
    reverse, center: 5
    reverse, banner across 5: QUITTUNG UBER
    reverse, bottom: MARK

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Money
    Object Type
    Scrip (aat)
    Physical Description
    Circular, silver colored metal coin, possibly aluminum or magnesium. The obverse has an embossed design with a 6 pointed Star of David, German text, and the year in the center over a circular line interspersed with Stars of David. There is a circle etched around the outer rim. The reverse has an embossed design with the denomination 5 mark in the center crossed by a banner with German text. There is German text engraved in a circle near the depressed rim.
    Dimensions
    overall: | Diameter: 0.875 inches (2.223 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The coin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1995 by Carolyn Landau.
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-29 12:54:59
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