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Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp Kaffeehaus [Coffee house] coupon issued to an Austrian Jewish prisoner

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ration coupon used by Elsa Blau when she and her family were imprisoned in the Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp from 1942-1945. All currency was confiscated upon entry and replaced with scrip and ration coupons that could be exchanged only in the camp. Elsa, her husband, Adolph, two children, and her mother were deported from Vienna, Austria, in 1942. They lived in the camp until the International Red Cross took over administration of the camp from the Germans on May 2, 1945. The family then was transferred to the Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Germany where they lived until their immigration to the United States in 1948.

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  • Title: Theresienstadt ghetto-labor camp Kaffeehaus [Coffee house] coupon issued to an Austrian Jewish prisoner
  • Provenance: The ration coupon was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Jeffrey A. Gordon, the son of Gertrude Blau Gordon.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Czech Republic--Terezín (Ustecky kraj) Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Austria--Vienna--Personal narratives. Jewish families--Austria--Vienna. Jewish refugees--Germany--Deggendorf. Jews--Austria--Vienna. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Austria. World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Germany--Deggendorf.
  • Type: Exchange Media
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Irregularly, cut, rectangular light brown paper coupon. The front has preprinted graphics with German text in brown ink. There are entry boxes and lines that are filled in by hand in black ink. In the upper left corner is a stamped image of a castle in blue; in the upper right corner is a month stamp in blue; and in the center is an oversized P stamped in pink. The lower edge has series of boxes with printed Roman numerals. The reverse has a partial stamp in blue with German text. Coupons have been clipped from the right side and lower edge for use.

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