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Commemorative ceramic tile with the message "Thanks Eisenhower"

Object | Accession Number: 2006.400.2

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    Commemorative ceramic tile with the message "Thanks Eisenhower"

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Hand painted tile acquired by Mevrouw Marijke Moulijn’s father after the end of World War II in May 1945. It depicts a scene with a Bavarian town and 2 planes flying overhead, with the words: Thanks Eisenhower! April 29, 1945. This may be a reference to the liberation of Dachau concentration camp which occurred on that date. The Moulijn family was not Jewish and they lived in their home in German occupied Belgium throughout the war. The tile was displayed on the wall in her father's study in The Hague.
    Date
    received:  approximately 1950
    commemoration:  1945 April 29
    Geography
    manufacture: Maastricht (Netherlands)
    use: Hague (Netherlands)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mevrouw M. Moulijn
    Markings
    front, bottom, black paint : Thanks Eisenhower! / 29 april 1945
    maker's mark, back, within a circle with sphinx : SPHINX / MADE IN HOLLAND
    back, lower right corner within oval : 3 228
    Contributor
    Manufacturer: De Sphinx (v/h Petrus Regout & Co)
    Subject: Mevrouw M. Moulijn
    Biography
    Mevrouw Marijke Moulijn was born in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1941. Her family survived the German occupation and World War II in their own home; her father was not Jewish. Her maternal grandfather, Eleazer Eijl, who was Jewish, though his wife was not, was arrested in the Hague in 1942 and sent to Westerbork transit camp. At the end of January 1943, he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where he was killed.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Decorative Arts
    Category
    Ceramics
    Object Type
    Ceramic tiles (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Square ceramic tile with a hand painted image of a town with 2 planes flying overhead and painted text in English. It has a yellow background and a border of red and black wavy lines. The scene features red and yellow buildings, including a tall, turreted tower, with 1 plane in the foreground and another in the background. The reverse is white, with textured lines, and a circular maker's mark at the center with an outline of a sphinx.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 6.000 inches (15.24 cm) | Width: 6.000 inches (15.24 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    Materials
    overall : ceramic, paint, pressure-sensitive tape
    : ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The tile was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006 by Mevrouw Marijke Moulijn.
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:11:15
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