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1936 Berlin Olympics torch holder engraved with the torch relay route

Object | Accession Number: 2014.414.1

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    1936 Berlin Olympics torch holder engraved with the torch relay route
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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Olympic torch holder used during the 1936 Summer Olympics.
    Date
    manufacture:  1936
    use:  1935-1936
    Geography
    manufacture: Essen (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Zepkowitz family. This gift is made by the Zepkowitz family in memory of the Rzepkowicz family of Koluszki, Lodz, Poland and of the Bloch family of Munkacz, Hungary, who were murdered by the Nazis.
    Markings
    top of torch : *ALS DANK DEM TRAGER / ORGANISATIOS-KOMITEE FÜR DIE XI. OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936*
    on shaft, under eagle, winding around shaft : FACKEL-STAFFEL-LAUF / OLYMPIA-BERLIN / 1936
    under top plate : KRUPP NIROSTA V2A STAHL / STIFTUNG DER FRIED. KRUPP A.G., ESSEN
    Contributor
    Manufacturer: ThyssenKrupp AG
    Designer: Walter Lemcke

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Furnishings and Furniture
    Category
    Lighting devices
    Object Type
    Torch holders (aat)
    Physical Description
    Stainless steel torch holder with a flared base engraved with the 1936 torch relay route from Olympia, Greece, to Berlin, Germany, winding around the handle. The handle is hollow with a circular plate with a curled edge at the top. The hollow center of handle passed through the plate and would have held the wooden torch. Engraved above the relay route is a Reichsadler, a dexter facing eagle holding the Olympic rings in place of the usual swastika in its talons. There is German text engraved on the top of the torch and on the plate and the shaft.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 10.750 inches (27.305 cm) | Width: 6.000 inches (15.24 cm)
    Materials
    overall : stainless steel

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    German--History--1933-1945.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Olympic torch holder was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014 by Eitan Zepkowitz.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:27:03
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