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Red leather sewing box recovered postwar by a Czech Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2012.342.2

Red leather sewing box made for Käthe Stecklmacher by her father Max Steiner and preserved by her daughter Maud. Max and his brother Josef operated a custom leather goods business started by their father. Käthe gave the box to non-Jewish neighbors for safekeeping before her July 1942 deportation from Prostejov, Czechoslovakia, to Ghetto Theresienstadt. She recovered the box when she returned to Prostejov in May 1945. On July 2, 1942, Käthe, her husband Fritz, her two daughters, Maud, 13, and Karmela, 8, her parents Max and Steffi Steiner, and her uncle and cousin, Josef and Gustav Steiner, were sent to Thereseinstadt. On July 28, Gustav, 16, and Josef were sent to Baranowicze, Poland, where they were murdered upon arrival. Max died on September 17. Fritz committed suicide in Terezin on May 30, 1943. Käthe was assigned to the glimmer factory, separating the mineral mica in flakes used for electrical insulation. Mica was essential to the German war effort, so she and her immediate family were protected temporarily from deportation to camps further east. Steffi was deported to Auschwitz and murdered in October 1944. Theresienstadt was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. Käthe, Maud, and Karmela returned to Prostejov. They left for Israel in March 1949.

recovered:  1945 May
creation: Prostejov (Czech Republic)
recovery: Prostejov (Czech Republic)
Tools and Equipment
Object Type
Sewing boxes (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maud Michal Stecklmacher Beer
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 16:25:43
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