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Buchenwald – SS-Standort-Kartine 2 RM banknote

This SS-Standort-Kantine 2 Reichsmark banknote was distributed to the prisoners in concentration camp Buchenwald.
For example, the prisoners obtained these notes after the forced labour work was done or in some cases their real money was exchanged for these notes upon arrival at the camp.
This particular banknote belonged to a Czech inmate and it has the following writings on the back:

‘They took our money and substituted them for their own currency’.


Concentration camp Buchenwald was located near Weimar (Germany) and was inaugurated on July 15, 1937.
Initially, the camp was designed for 8,000 prisoners and mainly criminals and political prisoners were deported here.

Not only Jews, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and communists were imprisoned here, but also Soviet prisoners of war.
About 8,000 Soviet POWs were executed in the Buchenwald concentration camp between 1942 and 1943.
On April 11, 1945, the US Army’s Sixth Armored Division liberated the camp.

At that time, there were still about 21,000 inmates present.
During the war, there were 238,979 prisoners in concentration camp Buchenwald, 56,545 did not survive.