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Theresienstadt Bank: Savings book of Max Hirschfeld


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1423

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Theresienstadt Bank: Savings book of Max Hirschfeld

Date(s): 1943-1944

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Jewish self administration, Theresienstadt


Administrative/Biographical history:

On June 10, 1940, the Gestapo took control of Terezín (Theresienstadt), a fortress, built in 1780-1790 in what is now the Czech Republic, and set up prison in the Small Fortress (Kleine Festung). By 24 November 1941, the Main Fortress (grosse Festung, ie the town Theresienstadt) was turned into a walled ghetto. The function of Theresienstadt was to provide a front for the extermination operation of Jews. To the outside it was presented by the Nazis as a model Jewish settlement, but in reality it was a concentration camp. Theresienstadt was also used as a transit camp for European Jews en route to Auschwitz and other extermination camps.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Theresienstadt Bank, 1943-1944, comprise a savings book issued by the bank of the Jewish self-administration of Theresienstadt, which documents the savings accrued by a former inmate, Max Hirschfeld, from June 1943 to August 1944, payment for labour whilst in the camp. The colleciton also includes a letter dated 1 October 1945 from the same to the British military governor, Bielefeld, requesting funds for savings accrued by all surviving Theresienstadt inmates and is annotated cannot be allowed.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of arrangement:

Arranged in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Hirschfeld family.


Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2008

Banks | Financial institutions | Finance
Concentration camps | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Jews | Religious groups
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names

Corporate names
Theresienstadt concentration camp

Theresienstadt (Terezin) | Czech Republic | Eastern Europe