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Violin case used by a Sinti musician

Object | Accession Number: 2005.453.10

Wooden coffin style violin case owned by Rita Prigmore and originally used by her father, Gabriel Reinhardt, who played with his four brothers in a Sinti band in Germany before World War II. The Nazi regime restricted Sinti migrations in the 1930s. Gabriel met Theresia Winterstein in 1941 when they both worked at the Stadttheater in Wurzburg, Germany. Persecution of the Sinti was escalating. They were no longer allowed to work at the theater. 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: Wurzburg (Germany)
Object Type
Violin cases (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rita Prigmore
Record last modified: 2022-09-28 15:59:13
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