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Small hooked rug used in the wagon of a Sinti family

Object | Accession Number: 2005.453.7

Small patterned hooked rug used as a shoe mat in the wagon of Rita Prigmore and her family when she was a child in Wurzberg, Germany, after World War II. The Winterstein family had traveled widely in Western and Central Europe until the Nazi regime restricted Sinti migrations 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 Sinti 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
1945-1950  (use)
Geography
use : Wurzburg (Germany)
Classification
Furnishings and Furniture
Category
Floor coverings
Object Type
Rugs, Hooked (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rita Prigmore
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Record last modified: 2018-08-27 06:50:58
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