BANK DER JUDISCHEN SELBSTVERWALTUNG THERESIENSTADT - BANK OF THE JEWISH SELF-ADMINISTRATION THERESIENSTADT - Savings booklet of Steindler Kaminik, handwritten list of deposits 1943-1944. Rare.
The Nazis issued savings booklets for Jews to give the 'Jewish economy' in the ghetto a semblance of a normal thriving economy, creating an impression of 'normalcy' of orderly and routine daily life in the ghetto. Through this the Nazis presented the International Red Cross representatives with a false impression that the ghetto was a positive place where routine life was taking place. The amounts listed in the booklet are in 'Crowns' (the reason the currency was Crowns rather than German Marks was due to the geographical location of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, most of which had been occupied by the Nazis before WWII broke out). The Jewish money issued for the Jews in the ghetto was in effect worthless, and was also intended to deceive, as if normal economic life was taking place inside the ghetto.
Such "savings" booklets are extremely rare.
 pages, 15x10.5 cm. Good condition.