• Salon Radio © Technisches Museum Wien
Collection Area
Information & Communication
Radio and TV
Inventory No. 1938
1930 - 1939

Living room radio


After the outbreak of the war in 1939 Jews were officially prohibited from owning radio sets. Regine Ehrenfest-Egger did not hand hers over to the Gestapo, preferring instead to donate it to the Technisches Museum Wien.

Regine Ehrenfest-Egger (1868–1945) was married to the engineer Arthur Ehrenfest-Egger, who died in Vienna in 1934. She lived in her apartment on Mommsengasse until she was arrested by the police in spring 1944. Her brother Ernst Egger also lived in the same building. In June 1944 she was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp, where she died shortly before the camp was liberated.

In November 1941 Regine Ehrenfest-Egger offered not just her living room radio as a gift from her husband’s estate to the Technisches Museum Wien, but also a Crosby steam indicator (Inv. No. 16.060/1-3), a measuring instrument for steam machines. Until his death Arthur Ehrenfest-Egger had been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Research Institute on the History of Technology, which was domiciled at the Museum. In 2007 the Art Restitution Advisory Board determined that the objects should be restituted. In 2008 relatives of Regine Ehrenfest-Egger were traced to Australia. The objects were restituted and subsequently purchased by the Museum.

Inv.Nr. 16058
Member of