With prior permission, below is reprinted a book review by Dave Frank originally published in the December 8th, 2008 issue of the MPC Gram (Series 10, No 1751). -EditorA new book titled Das Geld des Terrors: Geld und Geldersatz in deutschen Konzentrationslagern und Gettos 1933 bis 1945 went on sale October 2008 in Germany. In English: The Money of the Terror: Money and Money Replacement in German Concentration Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945. The book is written by Hans-Ludwig Grabowski and is published by Battenberg Verlag, Regenstauf. I obtained a copy last week from a dealer in Hamburg that listed it on eBay.
The 456 page hardbound book is written in German with numerous color photos of Concentration Camp and Ghetto scrip along with many documents artifacts and pictures of the camps. The fantastic collection of scrip illustrated is primarily from the collection of Wolfgang Haney of Berlin.
There are 27 chapters, each one representing a camp or ghetto. The last chapter is of particular interest with information and illustrations of fantasy and counterfeit issues. The chapters begin with a rather detailed discussion of the history and details of the operation of the camps and ghettos. The next section of the chapter contains illustrations and description of scrip from that camp including varieties. There are many pictures of scrip that have probably never been seen before including a 1 RM note from Natweiler. This note is attributed to the Charlton Meyer Jr. collection.
There is also a section on anti-Semitic notgeld and message over printed notes. Prices are listed for lower priced issues and the R rarity scale similar to the Albert Pick Das Lagergeld book with R being rare and RRRR probably unique.
I found this book to be an excellent resource (especially if you can read German) and a must along with Silent Witness by Ray and Steve Feller for everyone interested in this area of military numismatics. Even if German is not your second language the scrip listings are pretty easy to understand. The fixed price of the book in Germany is 39,90 EUR. Shipping to the USA ranges from 9-13 EUR. German Amazon and many German book dealers on EBay have it for sale.
To order from Amazon.de, see: Das Geld des Terrors: Geld und Geldersatz in deutschen Konzentrationslagern und Ghettos 1933 bis 1945 (Gebundene Ausgabe) (www.amazon.de/Das-Geld-Terrors-Geldersatz-Konzentrationslagern
Wayne Homren, Editor
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