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.
Once they were deported to the ghettos or concentration camps, Holocaust victims were issued scrip (pieces of essentially useless pieces of paper) by the Nazis in exchange for their confiscated valuable currency. Each ghetto and camp had its own distinct scrip and coins, often with hundreds of different issues. Compared with the more pressing issues of life and death during the Holocaust, the existence of scrip didn’t seem to matter much to historians. Until now.
When reading about the money, it is easy to see the lie of the hoax. However, in true dramatic Hollywood style:
So the money is evidence of the extermination. Only upside-down thinking with an agenda could come to this conclusion without evidence. Notice, parents and children are there together. In one article it says there was nothing to spend the scrip on, while another says there were canteens. One thing is certain, there was a lot of scrip issued and Jews had a hand in the design of their notes.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.
The exhibit, Questionable Issue: Currency of the Holocaust, consists of pieces of scrip (currency) issued at 13 Nazi concentration camps or ghettos, including Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald, and the Warsaw Ghetto.
So each inmate received a number, a prison uniform, a hair-cut and some money, and then got gassed, ya just gotta laugh.