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Buchenwald Standort-Kantine concentration camp scrip, 1 Reichsmark, acquired by a US soldier

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

1 Reichsmark Buchenwald Kantine coupon acquired by 25 year old Glenn H. Burghardt, presumably while a soldier in the United States Army in the European Theater from June 1944-August 1945. The scrip was issued at Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, in undated notes in 0.50, 1, 2, and 3 mark denominations. The simply designed notes were printed on coarse paper in two categories: canteen scrip such as this and exchange scrip issued to members of outside labor brigades [Aussenkommandos.] In 1941, Burghardt was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and watched the planes flew overhead on their way to bomb Pearl Harbor. He received a Purple Heart for his service there. After attending Quartermaster Officer training, he was assigned to the 78th Division. Glenn deployed to Europe in March 1944, landed in France that June, and was in action until the surrender of Germany on May 7, 1945.

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  • Title: Buchenwald Standort-Kantine concentration camp scrip, 1 Reichsmark, acquired by a US soldier
  • Provenance: The scrip was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by Glenn H. Burghardt.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camps--Germany--Weimar (Thuringia)--Economic aspects. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Weimar (Thuringia) Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • Type: Exchange Media
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular, discolored, light brown paper coupon with a light blue floral patterned rectangle with scalloped edges and a narrow, blank border printed on the front. German text, the denomination 1 and a serial number, are printed in black ink over the floral background. The coupon is glued to white paper and the right side may have been trimmed. It is creased and worn.

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