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Formal trousers with tuxedo trim owned by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Formal trousers that belonged to Fritz Kauffmann, a German Jewish businessman, who lived in Shanghai, China, from 1931-1949. He was active in Jewish community aid efforts before and during World War II. In 1940, because of Nazi politics and the outbreak of war, he resigned from the German firm for which he worked and opened his own import/export business. He was deprived of his German citizenship in 1941 for being Jewish and living abroad. However, as a longtime resident and successful businessman in Shanghai, he was able to surmount wartime difficulties and assist the more recent Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai to escape persecution and the war in Europe.

Details

  • Title: Formal trousers with tuxedo trim owned by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai
  • Provenance: The formal trousers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006 by Ronnie Leibowitz, executor, on behalf of the Estate of Adelaide Kauffmann.
  • Subject Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--China--Shanghai--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jews--China--Shanghai--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--China--Shanghai--Personal narratives, Jewish.
  • Type: Clothing and Dress
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Black cloth high-waisted trousers with tuxedo trim along the outside leg seams. The trouser fly has 5 plastic buttons with a metal hook and eye closure at the top. A button hole tab extends from the fly to meet a plastic button on the inside waist, with 6 plastic suspender buttons on the outside. The trousers have beige cloth lining.

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