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Challenge Trophy
from the Jewish Rowing Club Oberspree

Challenge Trophy from the Jewish Rowing Club Oberspree, which Fred Eisenberg won as a young athlete in the mid-1930s.
© Jewish Museum Berlin, Gift of Fred Eisenberg, photo: Jens Ziehe

Several new exhibits on the theme of sport entered the Museum with the show-case exhibition on the Jewish sports movement in Germany "Faster, Higher, Stronger…." Among the most impressive is the Rowing Challenge Trophy, donated to the Museum by Fred Eisenberg in 2006. He won the over 50 cm-long trophy in the mid-1930s as a young sportsman at the Rowing Club, Berlin Oberspree, one of the numerous Jewish rowing clubs in Berlin.

The club awarded this challenge trophy annually to the rower with the most water kilometers. To determine the winner, the rowers kept a logbook in which they got someone impartial from a restaurant, gas station, or shop to confirm their location at the furthest point of their rowing trip. Fred Eisenberg was able to keep the prize after winning it three years running. He also gave his winner’s certificates, photographs, and a BRC Oberspree boat flag to the Jewish Museum.

Fred Eisenberg worked at the Berlin textile company Nussbaum. He emigrated to relatives in London in 1939 and served as a soldier in the British Army in World War II. After the war he worked at a clothing company in Scotland. He married in Glasgow in 1948 and later emigrated to the USA. Fred Eisenberg now lives in Atlanta.

Object Details:
Challenge trophy from the Jewish Rowing Club Oberspree
Berlin, 1919
23 x 53 x 6 cm

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