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Twelve numbered tiles and box for a game brought with a young German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.495.4 a-n

Game box with twelve numbered wooden tiles brought with 8 year old Anneliese Centawer when she and her parents James and Recha fled Nazi Germany in July 1938. The tile numbers range from 1 to 15, but there is no number 2, 7, or 11. It is similar in appearance to some versions of a game called fifteen puzzle, but there is no board or platform to contain the loose tiles and the box base seems too high to use for this purpose. After Hitler and the Nazi regime's seizure of power in 1933, the Jewish population was subjected to increasingly harsh persecution. In 1936, Anneliese's family was forced to move from their home in Nuremberg when their block was declared Judenfrei (Free of Jews.) Anneliese was beaten up on the street by a Hitler Youth who accused the freckled, red haired girl of trying to pass for German. In July 1938, with sponsorship from Recha's half-siblings in the US, the family arrived in New York.

Date
1938 July  (emigration)
Language
German
Classification
Toys
Category
Games
Object Type
Fifteen puzzle (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anneliese C. Marx
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:37
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