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Index History of Warsaw's contributions levied by the German Occupation Authority during the Second World War, by Tomasz Sluszkiewicz.



     

Introduction. A contribution is a monetary penalty to be paid by civilians to the Occupied Authority.

The city of Warsaw has a long history of such experiences. It started in 1656 by the Swedish Army; then in 1709 King August II levied a city for supporting King Stanislaw Leszczynski. Extensive contributions were laid by the German Occupied Authority during World War II. The first one laid on the Jewish population was in October, the second in November 1939. Both were paid by Warsaw's Jewish Community.
The three contributions laid on the Polish inhabitants of Warsaw were obligatory; on payment each person received a contribution certificate. It was a receipt for the fine paid; however, they looked similar to emergency money. Below is a short history of incidents, which most probably caused contributions to be levied.

1) The contribution 1.000.000 zl, October 31, 1942(photo 1)
2) The contribution 10.000.000 zl, February 10, 1943(photo 2)
3) The contribution 100.000.000 zl, February 2, 1944(photo 3) Summary References
  1. W. Bartoszewski "1859 dni Warszawy" Znak 1984
  2. "Encyklopedia Historii Gospodarczej Polski" Wiedza Powszechna 1981
  3. N. Davies "Gods Playground, a history of Poland" Oxford University Press 1981
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