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2024 Slovakia €10 Silver Coin Issue "The Vrba-Wetzler Auschwitz Report 80 Years"

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  • Mint: Mint Kremnica
  • Denomination: €10
  • Quality: Proof/BU
  • Issue limit: 13,500/5,800 pcs.
  • Alloy: 90% Silver
  • Diameter: 34 mm
  • Weight: 18 grams
  • Design: Ivan Řehák
  • Edge inscription: NIČ NEPREKONÁ ODVAHU ČLOVEKA POSTAVIŤ SA ZLU (Nothing overcomes the courage to confront evil)
  • Box/Capsule: Proof only/Yes
  • Certificate: Proof only
 

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This release honors the 80th anniversary of the Vrba-Wetzler report (aka the Auschwitz Protocols, the Auschwitz Report, or the Auschwitz notebook), a 40-page document about the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust.

It was written between April 25-27, 1944, by Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, two Slovak Jews who had escaped from Auschwitz on April 7, then typed up and simultaneously translated into German.

The report represents one of the first attempts to estimate the numbers being killed in the camp, and one of the earliest and most detailed description of the gas chambers.

The first full English-language publication of the report was in November 1944 by the United States War Refugee Board. The original is kept in the War Refugee Board archives of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in New York.

More than a million lives were extinguished in the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp complex. It became a symbol of the extermination of Jews during the Second World War.

The reverse is bisected by a vertical line, to the left of which is half of an inverse triangle filled with variously sized small triangles. To the right of the line are two male figures, representing Vrba and Wetzler escaping from prison. The year they wrote their report, ‘1944’, is inscribed on the upper right side. Running diagonally across the lower right quadrant are the names ‘ALFRÉD WETZLER’ and ‘RUDOLF VRBA’. The design also features raised dots representing the camp’s guard posts.

The obverse depicts a large triangle composed of small triangles referring to the system of marking the death camp’s prisoners. The design and triangle are bisected by a vertical line, partly overlain by a cartographic representation of a railway. Each half features a semicircle of raised dots representing the camp’s guard posts. In the lower left of the large triangle is a teddy bear symbolising the personal effects of the camp victims. On the right side, partly overlying the triangle, are the prisoner numbers assigned to Alfréd Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba.

The proof coin comes delivered in a coin case, and includes a certificate of authenticity.

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