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Worcester, MA - Study Into Obscure Topic Of "Holocaust Money" Set To Launch In Massachusetts College

Published on: October 20, 2015 01:34 PM
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Some of the Holocaust money in the collection at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. (Clark University)Some of the Holocaust money in the collection at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. (Clark University)

Worcester, MA - On the heels of a “Holocaust money” collection donated by one of its alumni, Clark University and its Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies have provided funding for a research study to be conducted on the obscure topic by a current student.

FORWARD.com (http://bit.ly/1M3dG1O) reports that Strassler Center director Deborah Dwork said the subject of “Holocaust money”—-the uniquely designed currency forced on European Jews confined to concentration camps by the Nazis for the purpose of stripping them of their resources—-has largely been an overlooked aspect of the Holocaust, something she hopes will change as a result of the study.

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The first appearance of the Nazi currency was in Poland’s Lodz ghetto in 1940, but over the next five years uniquely designed regional script was implemented in concentration camps throughout Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Netherlands.

20 year-old Clark University junior Marissa Natale will be conducting the study of the collection donated by 1959 alumnus and amateur numismatist Robert Messing.


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