Theresienstadt ration card issued to Alice Winternitz (front) [LCID: 19986f8o]

Theresienstadt ration card issued to Alice Winternitz (front)

The Nazis made Jewish leaders responsible for the distribution of food supplies and other necessities allotted to ghetto residents. Due to grossly inadequate supplies, the Juedische Selbstverwaltung Theresienstadt (Jewish Administration of Theresienstadt) issued ration cards such as this one. The columns count points allotted for various goods identified by letters of the alphabet. Boxes were removed as residents exchanged points for food or other goods. This view shows the front of the card. Issued in the Theresienstadt ghetto, Czechoslovakia, 1944.

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