Money at refugee camps


After the end of World War II, many Lithuanians retreated from their homeland. Teachers, professors, army men, riflemen, policemen, large-scale farmers and other residents left Lithuania for fear that they might be exiled to Siberia.

After the war, refugees that were in the occupation zones of the US, Great Britain and France got placed in refugee camps established for them. In these camps,  local money designed for payments at the canteens and shops was in circulation. Lithuanian, Latvian, Jewish and Polish communities had their own money. At the camp established in the US occupation zone, the banknotes of 10-cent, 50-cent and 1-dollar denominations were circulating. Text on these banknotes was printed out in Lithuanian and English. Some of the designs for the banknotes used by Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish communities were created by a Lithuanian artist Antanas Rūkštelė.

Money at refugee camps 1 refugee dollar note. 1946
Last updated: 2021-06-19