Terezin banknote

Terezin banknote
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  • Photo taken in:
    Terezin
    Year when photo was taken:
    1943
    Country name at time of photo:
    Protectorate of Bohemia/Moravia 1939-45
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic

As part of the preparations for the visit of the international commission on 28th June 1943, when Terezin was supposed to become an at least a little humane-looking and on the whole normally functioning place, worthless money, so-called Ghettogeld began to be issued. In the picture is a sample of a 100 crown note.

On its reverse side is the signature of Jacob Edelstein, one of the leaders of the "Ältestenrat" which was an organ of Jewish self-government. Towards the end of the war this man was executed. His replacement was then some Murmenstein, a Polish Jew, who lived to see the liberation, and after the war was accused of collaborating with the Germans, that he's allegedly helped organize transports. The Ältestenrat's situation wasn't a simple one, because its members could basically only follow the Germans' orders. They had a card catalog of the prisoners and would for example get an order that they have to dispatch a transport with a thousand people, and their task was to choose these people.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jiří Munk
Interviewer:
Terezie Holmerova
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Jiří Munk
Year of birth:
1932
City of birth:
Prague
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia
Occupation
after WW II:
Architect

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