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Violin used by a Sinti musician

Object | Accession Number: 2005.453.8

Violin owned by Rita Prigmore and originally used by her father, Gabriel Reinhardt, who played with his four brothers in a Roma band in Germany before World War II. The Nazi regime restricted Roma migrations in the 1930s. Gabriel met Theresia Winterstein in 1941 when they both worked at the Stadttheater in Wurzburg, Germany. Persecution of the Roma was escalating and several members of both families were forced to agree to sterilization. Gabriel and Theresia 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.

use:  approximately 1930-before 1979
use: Sinti camp; Wurzberg (Michelstadt, Germany)
Object Type
Violin (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rita Prigmore
Record last modified: 2022-09-28 15:57:20
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