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Handmade woven wicker basket made by a Sinti (Gypsy) family

Object | Accession Number: 2005.453.4

Wicker basket owned by Rita Prigmore and made by her grandfather, Johann Winterstein, a basket weaver by trade. The family were Sinti Gypsies. They had traveled widely in Western and Central Europe until the Nazi regime restricted Gypsy migration in the 1930s. Rita's parents, Theresia Winterstein and Gabriel Reinhardt, met 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 Rita and her twin sister, 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
approximately 1945  (use)
Geography
use : Wurzburg (Germany)
Classification
Containers
Category
Baskets
Object Type
Wicker baskets (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rita Prigmore
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:18
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