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Small milk can with lid used by a Sinti (Gypsy) family

Object | Accession Number: 2005.453.1 a-b

Milk can used by Theresia Winterstein Reinhardt and her family when they lived in a Gypsy camp in Germany after World War II. The family had traveled widely until the Nazi regime restricted Gypsy migrations in the 1930s. Theresia met Gabriel Reinhardt in 1941 when they both worked at the Stadttheater in Wurzburg. Persecution of the Gypsies was escalating. They were no longer allowed to work at the theater. Several members of Theresia's family were forced to agree to sterilization. Theresia and Gabriel decided to have a child, and when Theresia was called in for sterilization she was 3 months pregnant with twins. The Germans permitted the pregnancy to continue and Rita and Rolanda were born in 1943. The infants were taken from their parents by Nazi eugenicists and used in medical experiments. Only Rita survived and was returned to her parents in 1944 by the German Red Cross.

Date
1945-1955  (use)
Geography
use : Wurzburg (Germany)
Language
German
Classification
Containers
Category
Metal containers
Object Type
Milk cans (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rita Prigmore
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:26
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