These objects, made by ordinary people and from ordinary materials, were created in secrecy at Theresienstadt and hold special meaning for Lotte.
Example of worthless money created by the Nazis for the Jews in an effort to fool the Red Cross into thinking that the interned were under the contract of gainful employment. Each bill features the following warning in German: “Whoever counterfeits, falsifies, or circulates counterfeit versions of this bill will be strongly punished.” Notice the…
Metal charm with Lotte’s transport number, M284.
Shows workers in the cleaning brigade.
Lotte recalled, “It was Christmas-time and we were hungry, so we improvised.” The pendant shows her transport number, M284.
The thermos was a daily staple to hold hot water, coffee, or soup.
Given to Lotte by Ernest for her birthday.
Given to Lotte by Ernest for their anniversary, with the date engraved inside.
Given to Lotte by Ernest after the Germans confiscated all of her jewelry.
This metal charm shows the Theresienstadt coat of arms.
At Theresienstadt, Lotte kept all of her little items in this small wallet.
Used by Ernest to judge soccer matches.
While this box originally contained breath mints, Lotte used it to contain small belongings during the war.
Note that the pillbox contains the logo for Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company best known for producing aspirin. During the war, Bayer’s parent company, I.G. Farbin, used Jewish slaves at its factories and invested in the company that made gas for the extermination camps.