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Wooden boot tree in 4 sections with inscriptions owned by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai 2006.19.57.2_a-d front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Wooden boot tree 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.

Wooden boot tree 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.

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  • Title: Wooden boot tree in 4 sections with inscriptions owned by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai 2006.19.57.2_a-d front
  • Provenance: The boot tree was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006 by Ronnie Leibowitz, executor, on behalf of the Estate of Adelaide Kauffmann., The boot tree 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., Jews--China--Shanghai--Biography. Jews--Sports--History--20th century. World War, 1939-1945--China--Shanghai.
  • Type: Dress Accessories, Dress Accessories
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Wooden boot tree with 4 separate sections: 3 for the leg portion; 1 for the foot. a. The center section is a flat wooden board with a paddle shaped handle at the top, shaped like the calf of the boot. The bottom tapers to a flat edge. There is a lengthwise groove on the front side to connect to the front section. A raised tongue runs the length of the back side to connect it to the back. b. The front section has a front part rounded to fit the shape of the boot. The back is flat with a lengthwise raised tongue that connects it to the center section. The bottom has 2 tines that fit into the foot. There is an inscription on the front top side. c. The back section has a flat front with a lengthwise groove to connect it to the center section. The back is rounded to fit the shape of the boot; the bottom is rounded to fit the heel. There is an inscription on the back top side. d. The foot section is shaped like the front of the foot, with the back cut away to leave a deep tongue. The back tongue connects to the front section of the boot tree. The foot is cut off at the top below ankle height. There is an inscription on the left side of the foot., Wooden boot tree with 4 separate sections: 3 for the leg portion; 1 for the foot. a. The center section is a flat wooden board with a paddle shaped handle at the top, shaped like the calf of the boot. The bottom tapers to a flat edge. There is a lengthwise groove on the front side to connect to the front section. A raised tongue runs the length of the back side to connect it to the back. b. The front section has a front part rounded to fit the shape of the boot. The back is flat with a lengthwise raised tongue that connects it to the center section. The bottom has 2 tines that fit into the foot. There is an inscription on the front top side. c. The back section has a flat front with a lengthwise groove to connect it to the center section. The back is rounded to fit the shape of the boot; the bottom is rounded to fit the heel. There is an inscription on the back top side. d. The foot section is shaped like the front of the foot, with the back cut away to leave a deep tongue. The back tongue connects to the front section of the boot tree. The foot is cut off at the top below ankle height. There is an inscription on the left side of the foot.

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