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Number of versions: 16

Edition: March 1, 2013

With thanks to Raymond D.Ruitenbeek - NL for his translations from the Hebrew.

Map of Israel. Except that a number of monopoly-like games are published by inland manufacturers there are also official Parker Brothers/Hasbro editions, manufactured by Kod Kod/Lemada Light Industries Ltd, owned by the Hertzano family, founded in 1978.  It is striking that Kod Kod, at least during a number of years, used the Israeli banknotes design in his editions and issued 2 different versions of the gameboard:

Issues till 1985:

From Hitchiel kan (Start here.Receive salary to the amount of 200 passing by.) all properties are: 

Arad: Rech Yehuda (Jehudastreet) - Rech Ben Ya'ir (Ben Ya'irstreet)
Rakèvèt ha'amakim (Train of the valleys)
Kiryat Sj'mona: Rech Herzl (Herzlstreet) - Rech Hayardén (Jordanstreet) - S'derot Tel Chai (Tel Chaiboulevard)
B'toch hakèlè/Bikoer hakèlè (In Jail/On visit to Jail)
Teverya (T): Rech Blalik (Blalikstreet) - Chevrat hachasjmal (Electricity Works) - S'derot Herzl (Herzlboulevard) - Rech habanim (Sonsstreet)
Rakèvèt Másá BA"M (Freight trains Comp.)
: Rech Yotam (Jotamstreet) - S'derot hat'marim (Palmslane) - Rech Ayalot (Hindsstreet)
Chani'ya chofsjiet (Free Parking)
(Haifa): Derech hayam (Seaway) - Rech Nordau (Nordaustreet) - Derech ha'atsma'ut (Independenceway)
Rakèvèt tsafon (Train North)
(Jerusalem): Rech Ben (Jaffastreet) - Rech Ben Yehuda (Ben Jehudastreet) - Chevrat hamaim (Water Works) - Rech Hamèlèch Dzordz (King Georgestreet
Hikanés lakèlè! (Go to Jail)
: Rech Alenbi (Alenbystreet) - Rech Gabirol (Ibn Gabirolstreet) - Rech Dizengoff (Dizengoffstreet)
Rakèvèt ekspres (Expresstrain)
: Park le'umi (National park) and Tayyelet (Boulevard of Askelon)

Chance is here Hisdamnut (Opportunity) and Community Chest is Sjerutei rewacha (Convenience services).

Issues from 1985 onwards

From Dèrèch tsléchá (Good luck! Each lucky passer-by receives 200 New Sjekel) all properties are: 

Eilat: S'derot hat'marim (Palmslane) - Rech Ayalot (Hindsstreet)
Rakèvèt haparbarim (Suburbstrain)
Teverya (Tiberias): Rech hayardén (Jordanstreet) - Rech ha'atsma'ut (Independencestreet) - Rech hagalil (Galileastreet
Bét hakèlè/Ma'avar chofsji (Jail/Free passage)
Beér-Sjeva: S'derot Sjazar (Sjazarlane) - Chevrat hachasjmal (Electricity Works) -S'derot Han'si'iem (Presidentslane) - Derech Eilat (Eilatway)
Rakèvèt Másá BA"M (Freight trains Comp.)
: S'derot Benyamin (Benjamin Boulevard) - S'derot Weizmann (Weizmann Boulevard) - Rech Herzl (Herzlstreet)
Chani'ya chofsjiet (Free Parking)
Ramat-Gan: Rech Aba Hillel (Aba Hillelstreet) - Rech Dzjabotinski (Jabotinskystreet) - Rech Bialik (Bialikstreet)
Rakèwèl Rosj hanikra (Cable-railway Rosj Hanikra = cable car to the chalk rocks in the north of the country)
(Jerusalem): Rech Yafo (Jaffastreet) - Rech Ben Yehuda (Ben Jehudastreet) - Chevrat hamaim (Water Works) - Rech Hamèlèch Dzordz (King Georgestreet)
Lég lakèlè! (Go to Jail)
(Haifa): Rech ha'atsmaóet (Independencestreet) - Rech Hechaluts (Pioniersstreet) - Rechov Moira (Moirastreet)
Rakèvèt tsafon
(Train North)
:Rech Alenbi (Alenbystreet) - Rech Dizengoff (Dizengoffstreet)

Chance is here Haftá'ah (Surprise) and Community Chest is Tibat hamazal (Fortune Chest).


Early Israelian edition, about 1960.Edition: Judaica Monopol  (= Jewish Monopoly)
              Children Monopoly Game
Publisher: Inland company Amarna (?) - ±1960
Dimensions of the box: 39 x 24 x 3.5 cm
The game:
This edition is from the collection of Harold Lee - UK.

The illustrations on the lid are apparently.on purpose childlike, because it is said this game to be"for children".

Tax label on Judaica edition ±1960.As Harold bought his set some time ago it was estimated from its design to be from about 1948 but in February 2013 he found it offered on ebay showing this tax label. It is said these labels have only been applied in the sixtees of last century, meaning the set to be some 12 years younger than originally thought.

Is this a tax-label or perhaps a production control label?
has this label number with 05759  in the box. It could indeed be possible these labels have something to do with tax control. On the other hand if it is an indication for the time it was applied, it still is interesting to know the real function of the tag

The design of this bilingual edition apparently is the most ancient of all editions in this chapter. Since it is known that Israel proclaimed its independence on May 14, 1948, this edition from about 1960 probably is the1st Monopoly game ever made ​​in Israel is. Of this game are so far only 2 copies known.

Although no Parker, nor Waddingtons copyright is mentioned, it is clear that the authors of this game must have been aware of the Parker Monopoly games, because the division of the properties on the board is the same, although with different color bars for the properties and different pictures on the corner squares.
The design of the board, showing pictures on top the streets, reminds of the early Austrian DKT editions, see http://www.muurkrant.nl/monopoly/a_-_standard_editions.htm. These are probably the only two countries with such a design.

From Bon Voyage all spaces are:  

Ashkelon: Johannesburg Street - Cashier's order - Drom Africa Blvd. - Income Tax
Bus line Tel Aviv - Jerusalem
: Rabbi Meir Street - Surprise - Nazareth Street - Hagalil Street
Beer Sheba
: K.K.L. Street - Electric Company - Palmach Street - Azmouth Street
Bus line Tel Aviv - Haifa
: Benjamin Blvd. - Cashier's order - Weizmann Blvd. - Smilanski Street
Ramat Gan
: Jahalom Street - Surprise - Modiin Street - Bialik Street
Bus line Tel Aviv - Beer Sheba
Jerusalem: Jaffa Road - King George Avenue - Water Company - Ben Yehuda Street
Sentence: Go to prison!
: Hehalutz Street - Nordau Street - Cashier's order - Haral Street 
Bus line Tel Aviv - Tiberias
Tel Aviv
: Dizengoff Road - Purchase Tax - Allenby Road.

The title deeds (81 x25 mm) are on thin stiff card with plain brown backs. 
Five strange figures.The Surpise (Chance) cards (84x 50 mm) are numbered 1 to 16, printed in black on pale sage green very thin cards
with plain backs. The Cashier's Order (kind ofCommunity Chest) cards are also numbered 1 to 16., on yellow buff. cards, 
otherwise identical to Surprise cards.
The money consists of  7 banknotes of very thin white paper (80 x38 mm),  20 of each  (except 100 unit x 21): 
- 5 -10 - 20 - 50 -100 and 500.
The houses (17x14 mm) are made of thin flat translucent plastic, without chimneys. The hotels (20x19 mm) are 
also made of thin flat translucent plastic, but with chimneys. 
The Rules booklet (23.8x16.8 cm) has 4 pages in English and other 4 in Hebrew. It says the game is for but 4 
players, but there is however a card showing 5 strange figures and because the text is in Hebrew only it is not clear 
what this card is saying. The name Amarna (what possibly can be the manufacturer) is only mentioned on this booklet.
The 4 tokens are translucent plastic pawns in red, pale blue, green and yellow.
The 2 dice (14 mm) are of opaque white plastic with red pips.

This set was offered for USD 89.- on ebay, February 2013.  


RIKUZ, ca. 1950 and 1999.Edition: Rikuz - Concern
Publisher: Kod Kod - Tel Aviv - ±1950/1999
Dimensions of the box: ±50 x 40 cm
The game:
Micha Hertzano knows to tell the story of this typical Israelian game: 

"Rikuz - game has been introduced in the Early Fifties of the 20th century by a company in Israel called: 'Bar Levy '. 
At the time there was no Monopoly available in Israel.
It has been reproduced in 1999 by Kod Kod in a limited edition for the Eretz Israel Museum, showing old/antique games and other products from the days of the establishment of Israel in one of their pavilions. With the consent of the wife of late Mr. Bar Levy and Mr. Tarkatover - curator of this exhibition it has been produced as a 1:1 replica of the old game in old fashion design and without any changes. 
It is not available on the market any more."


Chutzpah, a game of 1967.Edition: Chutzpah  (The Game of the Good Life)
Publisher: What-cha-ma-call-it, Inc./The Middle Earth Comp./CADACO  - 1967
Dimensions of the box: unknown.
The game:
(Have you noticed the names of the designer and manufacturer?)
This game was offered on the internet auction site ebay in July 2000. Because this is also a game in which players have to gain as many properties as possible by acquiring them with money, while the game is influenced by (in this case 4 different) cards, I consider it as a monopoly-like game and as such worth to mention it in this catalogue. Seller of this game said:

"Object of the game: When you get married, you start up the road to the good life. You begin with a kniple of wedding presents, and try to get more gelt, and acquire possessions. If a player has mazel, and chutzpah, and a rich Father-in-law, his gelt and possessions will increase. If he has shlemiel or shlemazel, he'll have nothing but tsoris!"

Some of the plastic tokens are: denture - hot dog and a little poodle. 
The currency of the banknotes is $.



Standard with red bar, ref.300.Edition: Standard - with red bar, ref. 300
Publisher: Parker Bros./Hasbro - Kod Kod - 1985
Dimensions of the box: 25.5 x 51 cm
The game:
This is the Israelian version of the original Parker Bros. game, i.e. a box with the red bar and both 2 blue streets on the cover. The board is of strong cardboard.  

The money consists of the 7 Monopoly banknotes, so with the house and locomotive. 
The tokens are the well-known metal figures: car - dog - boat - shoe - hat - iron - thimble and wheelbarrow "made in Hong Kong". The green houses and rode hotels are made of plastic, having a roof with a chimney and very large tiles as well as profiled façades.

The language used is Hebrew only.

Standard with blue bar.Edition: Standard - with blue bar, ref. 300/1
Publisher: Parker Bros./Hasbro - Kod Kod - 1985
Dimensions of the box: 25.5 x 51 cm
The game:
The difference with the former version is that the red bar on the cover of the box is replaced by a blue one. It is strange that the blue street on the cover is yellow
The bottom of the box shows a black/white picture of the game board with on top the box, houses and hotels and two white  dice, whereas those on the lid are red with gold pips. Out of the game board are some property cards and Monopoly banknotes. So this must be a picture of the earlier mentioned version with red bar.

On the lid and in the corner of the game board next to Jail is an interrupted red circle with the words "Mahadrut hèkarut" (Aquaintance edition).The game board (with white back) is of soft cardboard and the attributes are loose in the box. This is obviously a cheaper edition. Although this is an official Parker Brothers issue the money is a game version of the real Israelian banknotes (dim. 55 x 95 mm) with portraits of statesmen, in the denominations: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500. The Chance and Community Chest cards are with those funny drawings of Uncle Pennybags. The 8 tokens are simple plastic pawns now. 
The dice are black with white pips.

This edition is "Made in Israel".

Edition: Inland Monopoly 1
Publisher: Inland publisher - ±1990
Dimensions of the box: 37 x 24 cm
The game:
This version differs considerably from the usual idea of the Parker Brothers Monopoly games. 
The 3 corners of the gameboard show a bridge, a power station and a circus tent. At the place of the stations are respectively an aeroplane, bus, boat and a car. Also the colours of the streets differ. 
The money consists of copies of the real banknotes with the portraits of statesmen as well. On one stack of cards in the centerfield is a "?" and a "flying deer", the Israelian Post's logo, on the other. The red houses and blue hotels are flat discs.

The price amounted to NlS 45.- (€ 11.35) in April 1995.

Edition: Inland Monopoly 2
Publisher: Yeda Games - Tel-Aviv - ±1990
Dimensions of the box: 50 x 23 x 5 cm
The game:
This is a unique edition. The board is divided into 3 parts. The 2 stacks of "Chance cards" have to be placed on the left part. The pointer next to it must be turned over the disc the moment a player enters one of the relevant fields. The pointer indicates from which stack a card has to be taken. 
The streets of each city build one picture together. On top of each field are 4 plots meant for each of the 4 colored houses. Instead of 4 stations there are but 2 airports.

The price amounted to NlS 45.- (€ 11.35) in April 1995.

A Monopol 2000 version.Edition: Monopol 2000
Publisher: Inland publisher - ±1990
Dimensions of the box: 25 x 39cm
                  of the board: 46.5 x 46.5 cm
The game:
(This edition is available in three different boxes.)
The soft gameboard indeed shows Monopol in large characters , but it considerably deviates from the standard board. Start is called Bon Voyage and the stations are Taxy (!) stations. The title cards that go with these stations are oblong like those of the game of ref. 2002. 
The city and street names are in 2 languages in a white band over a plain colored field. The town that occurs only in this issue is Safed. Is this perhaps the hometown of the maker of this game? 

The cities and streets are from Bon Voyage onwards:

Safed: Jerusalem Street - Ha’ari Street

Tiberias: Rabbi Meir Street - Yehuda Halevy St. - Hagalil Street

Jeruzalem: Jaffa Road - King George Ave - Ben Yehuda St.

Netaniah: Benjamin Blvd. - Weizmann Blvd. - Smilanski Street

Haifa: Hahalutz Street - Norday Street - Herzl Street

Eilat: Los-Angeles St. - Yoseftal Street - Eylot Street

Ashkelon: Johannesburg St. - Drom Africa Blvd. - Herzl Street

Tel Aviv: Allenby Road - Dizengof Road

The small banknotes (dim. 40 x 70 mm) are as always, copies of the real banknotes with portraits of statesmen. The 6 denominations in NS, are resp.: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 and 100. They have however, like the property deedsSurprise-and Cashier's Order cards, to be released from sheets before they can be uesed. (The "Cashier" is a gruffy looking, long haired young lady with eye-shade and tie!) 
The hollow green houses and red hotels are of plastic. They have no roof rim  but do have a visible foundation. The 4 tokens are those of "Aggravation". 
The white dice with black pips are very small. The instructions are in English as well.

The price amounted to NlS 45.- (€ 11.35) each in April 1995.

Monopol with map of Israel on the board, ref.2002.Edition: Monopol - with map of Israel on the board, No.2002
Publisher: Creative Toys Ltd. - ±1990
Dimensions of the box: 23 x 46 cm
                    of the bord: 39.4 x 39.4 cm
The game:
The lid of the  box shows a different (white) board from that inside the box. The shown banknotes also differ from that inside the box! The lid suggest blue houses and hotels, whereas the game has to be played with 16 red and 16 green houses and 8 red and 8 green hotels. These houses and hotels are flat and therefore have a base. The midfield of the soft cardboard gameboard with round corners shows a map of Israel. In the innerbox is a yellow plastic insert with 12 trays for the banknotes etc..

From Go On onwards the 8 cities are respectively:

 Haifa: Herzl Street - Habankim Street - Hazmauth Street

Tiberias: Hagalil Street - Golani Street

Nataniah: Weizman Blvd - King David Street - Raziel Street (on the board: only in Hebrew)

Tel-Aviv: Dizengoff Street - Alenbi Street - Arlozorov Street

Ramt-Gan: Bialik Street - Herzel Street - Negba Street

Jerusalem: Ben-Yehuda Street - Jaffa Street - Haneviem Street

Beer-Sheba: Hanadiv Street - Haestadrut Street - Sinai Street

Eilat: Hadekel Street - Hatmarim Blvd.

The 4 stations, which are only on 3 sides, are of the bus lines: Hifa-Tiberias - Nataniah-Tel-Aviv - Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem and Beer-Sheba-Eilat. The busses busses always maintain the service between the cities of the 2 adjacent fields. The matching title cards deviate from those of the streets. These 4 cards are blue and their dimensions are 45 x 90 mm.
The 3 corners successively show: Free Passing/Prison - Parking and Cuort  (or better: court?), where a judge is shown sentensing: Go to prison
The 17 yellow cards (dim.: 45 x 60 mm) are called Surprise, whereas the 17 numbered green cards are the Order cards. The money is again that with portraits of statesmen, however in the smaller size of 40 x 70 mm. The only 5 denominations are: 1 - 5 - 10- 50 and a lot of 100.
The tokens are 4 plastic "Aggrivation pawns". Both wooden dice are red with gold pips.
The game is bilingual, the instructions however aren't.

Edition: Junior standard - Hebrew, ref. ?
Publisher: Parker Brothers - Kod Kod -±1992
Dimensions of the box: 51 x 25.5 cm
The game:
It was in 1991 the first issues of Junior Monopoly sets came on the market, so 56 years after the game "for players from 8 years on" was issued. This game is for children from the age of 5.

Just like in the regular Monopoly game the aim is to collect as much money as possible. The moment one of the players runs out of money the other players must count up their money to see who won the game.
The game board is slightly larger than that of the other Junior editions.  
The money consists of colored notes printed in black with Rich Uncle Pennybags in various different situations. The 5 denominations are resp. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 and 5
Four children can play at the same time, because there are 4 pyramid shaped tokens, respectively yellow, red, blue and green. The ticket booths are to be distributed amongst the players with the same color of car. 
The game "takes place in a children's favourite univers: a splendid fun fair" and will be over in about 20 minutes. Uncle Pennybags brings you to the roller coaster, magic show, water chute, dodgems, puppet show, miniature golf, a.s.o. 
In the coarse of the game ticket booths can be bought to place on an Amusement so that it becomes your property. If you also own the other Amusement of the same color, one must pay double the amount shown on the space. There are 6 Chance- spaces where cards can be drawn with instructions like "Go to the water chute" and "Pay 3.- to take the tram to the cafe". The dimensions of the tickets are: 55 x 84 mm.

The price amounted to NlS 53.- (€13.16) in April 1995.

Israelian "red case".Edition: Travel edition, ref. 14248
Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro - Kod Kod  - 1994
Dimensions of the case: 5 x 12 x 18 cm
The game:
The red outer box clearly shows a picture of the inside of this red case.
This variant is a well-refected and practical travelling companion indeed. The tokens can be fixed on each space but not more than just one. That means that the next player landing on the same street has to move one step further. Only on the corners is sufficient space for 4 players to stay. There are also 4 holes per street for the houses and hotels.
There are no Chance- nor Community Chest cards. Instead three dice have to be thrown and the instruction mentioned in the table with the corresponding number to be carried out. 
For the rest the rules remain the same as of the standard game. Instead of a free ticket to leave Jail you get one of the 6 keys.
These red cases are made in China.
Suitable for children from 8 years on.


Big Money, ref. 5094.Edition: Big Money, ref.5094
Publisher: Creative Toys Ltd./Mischakee Yetsira - ±1995
Dimensions of the box: 24 x 41 cm
                 of the board: 40 x 45.5 cm
The game:
The lid of the nice looking strong box shows all items of the game clear and true. (This unlike the former mentioned game of the same publisher.) The inner box has a blue plastic insert with 12 trays  for the banknotes and the other attributes. The board is strong and heavy and has a dark blue back.

The cities of this edition are exactly the same as those of the one with the map and, with a few execptions, the streets as well.
However the order is from Go On onwards: 

Tel-Aviv: Ben Yehuda Str. - Ibn Gvirol Str. - Dizengoff Str.

Tiberias: Hagalil Str. - Golani Str.

Eilat: Hadekel Str. - Hatmarim Blvd.

Jerusalem: Hanevi'im Str. - Jaffa Str. - Ben-Yehuda Str. 

Beer-Sheba: Sinai Str. - Hanadiv Str. - Hahistadrut Str. 

Netanya: Hamelech  David Str. - Weizman Blvd. - Raziel Str.

Ramt-Gan: Herzl Str. - Bialik Str. - Negba Str.

Haifa: Ha'atzmaut Str. - Herzl Str. - Habankim Str.

The 4 stations, now again one on each side, are of the bus lines: Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem - Netaniah-Tel-Aviv - Tiberias-Haifa and Beer-Sheba-Eilat. The busses no longer maintain the service between the 2 adjecent cities of the space.
On the 3 corners are respectively: the Court, Stop for a refreshment and Jail. Especially the first and last one have remarkably been exchanged compared to the edition with the map.  The Title Deed cards and the Surprise- and Order cards have nicer been edited than those of the other games. There are 21 Order cards and as many as 52 Surprise cards.
The money consists again of the tiny banknotes with portraits of statesmen, however in the smaller size of 40 x 70 mm. The only 5 denominations are: 1 - 5 - 10- 50 and a lot of 100 again. Meanwhile this is no longer a true reflection of reality because the banknotes of 1 - 5 and 10 Shekel became coins
The flat houses and hotels are red and blue. The 6 tokens are plastic cylinders-with-ball.
Both dice are black with white pips.
This edition is not bi-lingual.

The price of this game amounted to NlS 69.90 (€19.03) in October 1997.

Standard version from 1995.Version: Standard, ref. 06951256 
Publisher: Parker Bros./Tonka - Kod Kod - 1995
Dimensions of the box: 26 x 51 cm
The game:
This is an issue from the Irish works, so on the lid again a picture of the fourth side of the gameboard with the "collected attributes" on a green background. 

The back of the gameboard is red, like the plastic insert of the innerbox. Sloping over the light green midfield is the red bar with Monopoly in white characters and Uncle Pennybags coming out the mid O.
At the bottom of the box is the well-known color-picture-of the-laughing-family,  looking to eachother rather than to the game.
The Chance cards have a red back with a ? and the Community Chest cards are printed blue with the well-known treasure chest in a circle. The banknotes are not like in most other countries Monopoly money but still the very own notes with the portraits of statesmen. However... everything became more expensive.That is why you now receive 2000 Shekel at Start and the t denominations became: 10 - 50 - 100 - 200 - 500 -1000 and 5000
The 10 tokens of heavy metal ("made in China") are resp.: hat - wheel-barrow - shoe - car - kanon - rider-on-horse - thimble - iron - boat and dog. The green plastic houses do have a chimney, the red hotels haven't. Both dice are white with black pips.

Israelian Junior edition 1997.Edition: Junior standard - Hebrew, ref.14540256
Publisher: Parker/Tonka/Hasbro - Kod Kod -1996
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 26.8 cm
                 of the board: 25 x 50.5 cm
The game:
The differences between this version and former issues are:

A total new and square box.

A new picture on the cover: Children in a car of the roller 
coaster with 2 springing dolfins at the background.

The colour picture at the back of the box shows a (new) 
picture of 3 kids playing on an English board. The 
banknotes they use do not belong to this game.

The back side of the board is red, as the tray insert of the inner box is.

The tokens are colored plastic cars.

The Chance cards became much smaller: 43 x 63 cm.

The price amounted to NlS 92.- (€ 24.96) in October 1997.



Israelian edition of ref.14535 from 1997.Edition: Standard, ref.14535256
Publisher: Parker/Hasbro - Kod Kod - 1997
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 40.3 x 5.3 cm
The game:
This edition is a sample of the new standard presentation from Hasbro: a fresh white box with red bar  and a part of the fourth side of the board on the lid. The new dimensions are such that the game board (with red back) had to be folded twice. So herewith the long box we called standard so far disappears. 
Also this issue is manufactured in Ireland
The color picture on the bottom of the box is the one of the laughing to eachother family that forget to play. The game board they are using is not the Israelian one.

The red plastic insert in the innerbox has many trays again for as well the money as the houses and hotels and the property deeds and so serves as banker's tray.
The banknotes are now again of Monopoly, issue1996 Tonka Corporation, as well in the original lower values. The 7 denominations are resp.: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.  At Start one receives 200 Shekel, like in the earlier editions. The10 metal tokens are car - boat - hat - iron - canon - rider-on-horse - thimble - dog - wheel-barrow and shoe.The green houses with overhanging roof do have a chimney, the red hotels don't.
Both dice are white with black pips.

The price of this game amounted to NlS 108.- (€ 29.50) in October 1997.



The first handmade game I coaght sight of is a very special one, behind which is so much unspoken history and immense sorrow that it is impossible for me to describe it here. It was made in WW II in the ghetto of Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic.

GHETTO, hand made in Theresienstadt-1943.Version: Ghetto - 1943
Property of: camp inhabitants Micha and Dan Glass - Israel
Dimensions of the game board: ~ 50 x 50 cm
The game:
In the period between October 2000 and December 2001 the travelling exhibition "No child's play" was shown in 6 Dutch museums. It was arranged by "Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority" in Israel.

Thanks to the assistance of Mrs.Yehudit Inbar (Yad Vashem - Israel) and the management of the Theo Swagemakers museum in Haarlem (http://www.swagemakersmuseum.nl) I am able to give some comments to this game:

This could be read in the museums:
"Theresienstadt (the present Terezin, as small town between Dresden and Prague) was a special ghetto that was started in the Czech Republic in November 1941 in a fortress from the 18th century. There Jews from the Czech Rep., Germany, Austria, Holland and Denmark were deported to. In fact the ghetto was an intermediate station for Jews on their way to the death camps. The Germans had interest in . Among the inhabitants of the ghetto were painters, composers, musicians, writers and many scientists. Despite overpopulation, starvation and diseases comprehensive education and cultural activities took place."

Mrs. Inbar tells:
"It was brought to Israel by Micha and Dan Glass. We assume it was made for the children secretly in one of the printing sections of the ghetto. My thoughts are that it served a number of purposes:
1. As a regular Monopoly game.
Property cards of the GHETTO game. 2. It could be colored in - there is another game, like it but colored,
    in Beit Terezin Museum in Givat Haim in Israel. (This version 
    was shown in the Netherlands.
3. It taught the children the layout of the ghetto (it was forbidden
    to wander around in the Ghetto particularly for the chidren who
    lived separately from their parents, for instance they could see
    where their parents lived in relation to where they themselves
4. In addition through the game they could learn about the different
    places that it was important they familiarize themselves with - the
    bakery, the prison ..."

The fields are from Start onwards:

Hohenelber - Kavalier - Produktion - Entwesung - Spedition - Chance - Bauhof - Post - Aussiger - Gefängnis - Kaffehaus - Elektr.W. - Freizeitgest. - Bastei - Küche - Zeughaus - Chance - BodenbacherDresdner - Dekade - Genie - Bank d. Jüd. Selbstverw. - Hamburger - G.W.-Kas - Fleischer - Judenheim - Wasserwerk - Zentralbad - Reitschule - Geh' ins Gefängnis - Bäckerei - Landwirtsch. - Chance - Jäger Kas. - Proviantur - Bank d. Jüd. Selbstverw. - Hannover - Schleuse and Magdeburg.

Many texts of the Chance- and Bank cards are (almost) identical to those of the regular game, however there are that are strongly referring to the ghetto life. Some texts read:

Als Bankdividende erhältst Du 50,-. (As bankdividend you receive 50,-.)

Geh in die Hamburger, bei Startübergang erhältst Du 200,-. (Go to Hamburger. If you pass Start you receive 200,-.)

Die Produktion zahlt Dir 25,-. (Production pays you 25.-.)

Strafe wegen Ruhestörung 16,-. (Fine because of disturbance of the peace 16.-.)

Wegen Übertretung d. Ghetto-Gesetze Strafe: 10,-. (Fine because of infringement of the Ghetto rules: 10.-.)

Erhöhung Deiner Arbeitsqualifikations. Du erhältst  45,-. (Increase of your working qualifications. You get 45.-.)

One of the Bank d. Jüd. Selbstverw. spaces show two banknotes with the currency in ... Kronen, because the camp-money was in "Th. kronen".
It is striking  that no purchase values are shown on the spaces of the game board. These are only on the property deeds, on which however neighter the mortgage values are mentioned.

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