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Object ID

2012.1.45

Object Name

Record, Insurance

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Typewritten document in black and blue with a large red Star of David stamp with the word "Jude."

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: A very distrurbing set of three typed documents (2012.1.44, 2012.1.45, 2012.1.46) from Berlin. Each is ominously stamped "Jude" in a large red Star of David, concerning the life insurance policy of one Margot Lowenstein of Hamburg, who fled Nazi Germany in August 1939 for England. Under German law, Jews who left the country or were forcibly deported were forced to forfeit any benefits or monies due on existing life insurance poliices. The document, loosely translated in part, reads: "According to our records, the claimant is a Jew who has left the country and has forfeited her German nationality. At present the above policy is due... We waive the certificate of insurance in the interest of the Reich..." This is a morbid reminder of the lengths the Nazi regime went to bilk every last penny out of their political and cultural enemies.

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Star of David, Stamp, Hamburg, England, Margot Loewenstein

Subcollection

1939-1941: Concentration:Ghettos, Einsatzgruppen (Mobile Killing Squads); WWII in Europe

Life Insurance Document for Margot Loewenstein

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