4 March 1933
Gift card from the Berlin Savings Bank marking the birth of Gabriele Samson
Germany's savings banks (Sparkassen), which had by far the largest number of customers among the country’s banking institutions, were especially important for the Nazis’ economic policy because they provided the bulk of the capital needed to rearm the country and later to finance the war. They were also involved from the outset in the large-scale illegal seizure of the Jewish population’s assets.
Gabriele Samson was considered a “half-Jew” under Nazi racial laws. On the night of the pogrom on 9 November 1938, her Jewish father, Friedrich Samson, was arrested and taken to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. During his internment, the Nazis confiscated his mannequin company.
In June 1939, after he was released, the family immigrated to Sweden, taking this gift card with them. Its motifs reminded them of their native city.
Gift from the Berlin Savings Bank
to Gabriele Samson
born on 4 March 1933 in Berlin
Together with the enclosed coupon for three reichsmarks, this card is a gift from the Savings Bank of Berlin. It is presented to every child born in the city. Please accept this gift and our best wishes for the start of your life. We hope it will provide a foundation and encouragement for further savings.
If a savings account is opened for the child and an additional deposit of at least one reichsmark is made, the coupon for three reichsmarks will be credited to the account. The coupon becomes invalid three years after issuance. Three reichsmarks of the initial deposit cannot be withdrawn until the child has turned fourteen, except in the event of death or if the child moves away from Berlin.
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