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Boxed Tisch-Tennis set with net, paddles, and 6 balls brought with a young German Jewish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.495.8 a-l

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    Boxed Tisch-Tennis set with net, paddles, and 6 balls brought with a young German Jewish refugee

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    Brief Narrative
    Boxed Tisch-Tennis (Table Tennis) or ping pong set with net, 2 paddles, 6 balls, and instruction sheet brought with 8 year old Anneliese Centawer when she and her parents James and Recha fled Nazi Germany in July 1938. 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
    emigration:  1938 July
    Geography
    received: Nuremberg (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Anneliese C. Marx
    Markings
    a. top, center, pressed, silver colored paint : Tisch-Tennis [Table Tennis]
    h. surface, stamped, blue and red ink : WINDSOR / MAJOR / >>>
    i. surface, stamped, red ink : Ping Pong / Rekord
    j. surface, stamped, blue and black ink : Tatro / MADE IN / ENGLAND
    Contributor
    Subject: Anneliese C. Marx
    Biography
    Anneliese Centawer was born on January 10, 1930, to James and Recha Huetzler (Hützler) Centawer in Nuremberg, Germany. Her mother Recha was born on June 23, 1891, in Huettenbach, Germany, to Moritz (1840-1922) and Amalie Selig Huetzler (1857-1918.) Recha had four younger brothers and nine half-siblings from her father’s first marriage to Babette Talman. Recha was part of a very wealthy and large, extended family which owned several department stores and extensive financial holdings. Several family members immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. Recha’s father was a cattle dealer. Anneliese’s father James was born on July 21, 1888, in Nuremburg to Moritz (1830-1920) and Marie Gutmann Centawer (1854-1932.) His father operated a shoestore. James had a sister Henriette. James was a lieutenant in the German Army during World War I (1914-1918.) He then became the European trade representative for an electrical company that manufactured transformers. James and Recha married on August 17, 1924, and settled in Nuremberg. After the January 1933 appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, the Nazi dictatorship enacted plans to persecute Jews and exclude them from German society. Anneliese attended the Israelitsche Folkshul and was taught German and Jewish subjects. Antisemitism increased and, on one occasion, Anneliese was beaten by a member of the Hitler Youth who, because of her red hair and freckles, accused Anneliese of trying to pretend to be a German. In 1936, the family had to move because their block was declared Judenfrei [Free of Jews.] In March 1938, with sponsorship by three of Recha's half-siblings in the US, the family received American visas. Anneliese and her parents sailed from Hamburg on the Manhattan and arrived on July 7, 1938, in New York.

    The family settled in the Bronx in New York City. During the war, Anneliese’s father James worked for the US Office of War Information in the censorship bureau and then for the US Treasury Department. They learned that three of Recha's half-siblings: Ida, Leopold, and Siegmund Huetzler, perished during the Holocaust. James’s sister Henrietta is believed to have been killed in a concentration camp gas chamber. Anneliese graduated from Hunter College High School and received a cum laude degree from Hunter College in 1951. On August 26 of the same year, she married Gunther Marx. Gunther, born in 1926, in Remscheid, Germany, had fled to England, and then to America with his parents in 1939. He was a sergeant in the US Army during the war, from 1944-1946. The couple had a son. Anneliese pursued a career in public relations and was a corporate management consultant. Her mother Recha, 79, passed away on June 22, 1970. Her father James, 87, died on January 26, 1976.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English German
    Classification
    Toys
    Category
    Games
    Object Type
    Table tennis (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    a. Rectangular, cardboard box lid for base (b.) covered on the exterior with bright red, textured paper with the German game name in impressed, silver painted text. The sides are stapled at the corners. It has loose and detached sections.
    b. Rectangular, red cardboard box base for lid (a.) with a light brown interior. The short flaps on the long sides fold in and are stapled.
    c. Light brown, wooden table tennis racket with a wide, flat, oval blade and a short neck glued into the slot at the top of a beveled, cylindrical handle. The handle is worn smooth from use.
    d. Light brown, wooden table tennis racket with a wide, flat, oval blade and a short neck glued into the slot at the top of a beveled, cylindrical handle. The handle is worn smooth from use.
    e. Long, narrow, discolored strip of green net with white cloth binding tape sewn along the top. At each end, the tape is threaded through a small hole in the top of a silver colored metal bar with C-shaped bottom hooks. The hooks attach to table edges to create upright posts to suspend the net. During play, the ball is hit over the net.
    f. Small, hollow, discolored white plastic ball with a large and small dent on one side.
    g. Small, hollow, discolored white plastic ball with a large and small dent on one side.
    h. Small, hollow, discolored yellow plastic ball with a stamped name.
    i. Small, hollow, discolored white plastic ball with a stamped name and small cracks.
    j. Small, hollow, discolored white plastic ball with a stamped name.
    k. Small, hollow, discolored white plastic ball with brown stains.
    l. Light brown sheet of paper with game instructions in German text printed in black ink on the front.
    Dimensions
    a: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 9.750 inches (24.765 cm) | Depth: 6.125 inches (15.558 cm)
    b: Height: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm) | Width: 9.750 inches (24.765 cm) | Depth: 5.875 inches (14.923 cm)
    c: Height: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm) | Width: 5.000 inches (12.7 cm) | Depth: 0.625 inches (1.588 cm)
    d: Height: 10.000 inches (25.4 cm) | Width: 5.000 inches (12.7 cm) | Depth: 0.750 inches (1.905 cm)
    e: Height: 5.875 inches (14.923 cm) | Width: 38.000 inches (96.52 cm) | Depth: 0.375 inches (0.953 cm)
    f-k: | Diameter: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm)
    l: Height: 6.250 inches (15.875 cm) | Width: 4.500 inches (11.43 cm)
    Materials
    a : cardboard, paper, paint, metal, adhesive
    b : cardboard, metal, paint
    c : wood, adhesive
    d : wood, adhesive
    e : net, metal, cloth
    f-k : plastic
    l : paper, ink

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The game was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Anneliese Marx.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-09-12 12:41:28
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