Questionable Issue: Currency of the Holocaust

Holocaust currency is a subject that few know about, and there are only some survivors who recall the existence of scrip in the camps and ghettos, mostly because they were too young and their parents handled the money. The Nazis made it illegal for residents of the camps and ghettos to have hard currency and required that money be “exchanged” for scrip. In reality, the scrip was worthless Nazi propaganda as there was nothing for prisoners to buy inside the camps, and it had no value outside the camps. The purpose for issuing scrip was to create the façade that prisoners were being paid for their labor and treated well.

This show is a sampling of the extensive Charlton E. Meyer Jr. and Gloria Meyer Collection of Holocaust Museum Houston. Meyer, a numismatist (money historian) and money and coin collector from Louisiana, has been accumulating camp and ghetto scrip since the 1980s. Meyer donated more than 400 pieces to the Museum in 2002. It is the most comprehensive collection of Holocaust scrip in the United States, and many of the artifacts are extremely rare. The piece of scrip from the Natzweiler camp in France is the only known piece in the world.

The currencies of the Nazi ghettos silently embody the tragedy, depravity, horror, hope and salvation of the time. The money in this collection is, in some cases, the only reminder we have of people erased from our world during World War II. These notes move our souls to anguish. Through its breadth and depth, this exhibit bears witness to the full scope of the Holocaust.

This exhibition is generously underwritten by Kempner Capital Management, Inc.; The Wortham Foundation, Inc.; BP America; Bridgeway Foundation; Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches; The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund; and Marathon Oil Corporation, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

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LocationStart DateEnd Date
Available for Touring 5/15/2010 6/30/2012
ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 West Main, Perham, Minnesota, 56573. For more information, call 218.346.7676 or visit 3/1/2010 4/30/2010
Angelo State University, 2601 W. Ave. N, San Angelo, Texas 76909. For more information, call 352-942-2164 or visit 4/1/2009 5/1/2009
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center and Money Museum, 1455 E. 6th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44101. For more information, call 216-599-2025. 9/4/2007 12/31/2007
Vancouver Holocaust Education Center, 50-950 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia. 10/31/2005 12/16/2005
El Paso Holocaust Museum, El Paso, Texas 4/1/2005 7/28/2005
Frost Bank, 4200 South Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas 76109 10/18/2004 10/29/2004
Frost Bank, Millennium Building, 15455 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75001 9/7/2004 9/17/2004
Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston, San Antonio, Texas 78204 8/16/2004 8/27/2004
Frost Bank, One Allen Center, 1200 Smith St., Houston, Texas 77002 7/12/2004 7/23/2004
1 mark note from Buchenwald.
1 mark note from Buchenwald.
.50 mark note from Natzweiler.
.50 mark note from Natzweiler. .50 mark note from Natzweiler.
Sample panel from exhibit at Frost Bank.
Sample panel from exhibit at Frost Bank.
Sample panel from exhibit at Frost Bank.
Sample panel from exhibit at Frost Bank. Sample panel from exhibit at Frost Bank.
Questionable Issue
  • Ninety pieces of scrip (money) issued in 12 concentration camps matted and framed, photos of the camps, and survivor accounts. All artifacts are from the Charlton E. Meyer Jr. and Gloria B. Meyer Collection of Holocaust Museum Houston
  • 14 frames which include 90 individual matted pieces
  • 11 text panels
  • 6 hanging banners
  • 1 intro panel

  • Included with this exhibit:
  • Invitation template
  • Press release template
  • Vinyl title wall template
  • Docent materials

  • Available for purchase: "Questionable Issue: Currency of the Holocaust," published by Holocaust Museum Houston.

    Space requirement: 90 linear feet

    Fees: $500 for the first month, $250 for each additional month. Borrower bears all fees.

    Shipping: Holocaust Museum Houston is responsible for shipping arrangements. Borrower bears all shipping costs.

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