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Tailored white vest owned by a German Jewish businessman in Shanghai

Object | Accession Number: 2006.19.52

Formal dress vest 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.

Date
approximately 1940  (use)
Geography
use : Shanghai (China)
Classification
Clothing and Dress
Category
Men's clothing
Object Type
Vests (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Adelaide Kauffmann
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 16:00:55
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