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Logo of the exhibition "Home and Exile. Jewish Emigration from Germany since 1933" in the Jewish Museum Berlin

clearance certificate

Customs Clearance Certificate (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung) for Wilhelm Bornstein. Translation of the document: "With respect to customs obligations, this office has no objections against your emigration abroad or against the export of possessions for relocating your domicile. This declaration does not apply to the remit of the tax authorities; it is revocable and expires on 8/9/1939."

Like everyone who is forced to leave Germany, Willy Bornstein, too, requires a clearance certificate in order to emigrate. "Tax clearance certificates" serve as proof that all tax levies have been paid. They must be submitted to the passport office in order to apply for a valid passport, and also to the currency exchange control office in order to apply for permission to take property and belongings out of the country.

Willy Bornstein does not succeed in fleeing. The ship he boards to leave Germany is sent back. He is murdered in Auschwitz in 1942.