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Riding crop with leather handle used by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Riding crop that belonged to Fritz Kauffmann, a German Jewish businessman, who lived in Shanghai, China, from 1931-1949. He was an avid polo player and belonged to a Hunt Club in Shanghai that sponsored many sporting events. 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.

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  • Title: Riding crop with leather handle used by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai
  • Provenance: The riding crop was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006 by Ronnie Leibowitz, executor, on behalf of the Estate of Adelaide Kauffmann.
  • Subject Keywords: Jews--China--Shanghai--Biography. Jews--Sports--History--20th century. World War, 1939-1945--China--Shanghai.
  • Type: Tools and Equipment
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Brown leather covered grip with loop and lash. There is a braided section of leather at either end of the grip. A leather wrist loop is attached to the grip at the joint with the shaft. The shaft is wrapped in braided thread. At the end of the shaft is a wedge shaped leather lash, attached by string wound around the shaft.

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