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20 Reichsmark banknote found during postwar reconstruction 2007.477.8 back

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Banknote found by 14 year old Diane Keeley and her siblings in the home in Nuremburg, Germany, where her family lived from 1949-1953. The home had been expropriated from a German man suspected of being a Nazi by the United States Army for use by its personnel. Diane's father was an American civilian employee sent to Germany in January 1946 as part of the army of occupation. The children had been told to never go to the basement and disturb the previous occupant's belongings. However, one day, the girls decided to explore the area and they took some items as souvenirs.

Banknote found by 14 year old Diane Keeley and her siblings in the home in Nuremburg, Germany, where her family lived from 1949-1953. The home had been expropriated from a German man suspected of being a Nazi by the United States Army for use by its personnel. Diane's father was an American civilian employee sent to Germany in January 1946 as part of the army of occupation. The children had been told to never go to the basement and disturb the previous occupant's belongings. However, one day, the girls decided to explore the area and they took some items as souvenirs.

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  • Title: 20 Reichsmark banknote found during postwar reconstruction 2007.477.8 back
  • Provenance: The 20 Reichsmark banknote was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Diane Keeley., The 20 Reichsmark banknote was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2007 by Diane Keeley.
  • Subject Keywords: Allied occupation, Germany, 1945-1955. World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--Germany., Allied occupation, Germany, 1945-1955. World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--Germany.
  • Type: Exchange Media, Exchange Media
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Offwhite paper bank note with a face design with a rectangle with a decorative background and border in green, red, and brown ink with the watermarked denomination 20 in the center. On the left is a brown bar with the denomination printed vertically. On the bottom left is a Nazi seal, with an eagle facing left, holding a wreath with a swastika in the center, printed in brown ink. Embossed at the bottom right center is the same Nazi seal with eagle. In the upper right corner, in a rectangular frame, is a male figure, facing right and holding an architect’s tool. Below the portrait in the bottom right corner is the denomination within a green band. On the reverse is a decorative background and border in green, red, and brown ink. The medallion in the center has a columned facade and a 3-horsed chariot on top. Riding the chariot is a man with a shield and spear. The denomination is on either side of the center medallion., Offwhite paper bank note with a face design with a rectangle with a decorative background and border in green, red, and brown ink with the watermarked denomination 20 in the center. On the left is a brown bar with the denomination printed vertically. On the bottom left is a Nazi seal, with an eagle facing left, holding a wreath with a swastika in the center, printed in brown ink. Embossed at the bottom right center is the same Nazi seal with eagle. In the upper right corner, in a rectangular frame, is a male figure, facing right and holding an architect’s tool. Below the portrait in the bottom right corner is the denomination within a green band. On the reverse is a decorative background and border in green, red, and brown ink. The medallion in the center has a columned facade and a 3-horsed chariot on top. Riding the chariot is a man with a shield and spear. The denomination is on either side of the center medallion.

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