TD Card

After 1939 everyone in the Netherlands was issued with a ration card, and could only obtain certain foodstuffs in exchange for ration coupons. In 1943, the head of the SS and the German police in the Netherlands, Hanns Rauter, developed a Ration Card which was issued in early 1944 and known as the 'TD' card (from the Dutch Tweede Distributiestamkaart meaning Second Ration Card). This second card was linked with checks on Identity Cards. Jews and others who were 'submerged' and had gone into hiding were unable to obtain the coupons needed for food; and it became easier for the German occupier to trace them. Both new ration cards and the coupons that went with them would often be (illegally) acquired in large quantities and distributed by resistance workers.