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6 pressed pattern drinking glasses recovered postwar by a Czech Jewish woman

Object | Accession Number: 2013.355.2 a-f

Six decorative molded glasses possibly received by Käthe Steiner upon her marriage to Fritz Stecklmacher on March 25, 1928, in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia. Käthe gave the glasses to non-Jewish neighbors for safekeeping before her July 1942 deportation to Theresienstadt ghetto/labor camp. She recovered them when she returned to Prostejov in May 1945. Käthe, Fritz, their two daughters, Maud, age 13, and Karmela, age 8, and her parents Max and Steffi Steiner were sent to Theresienstadt on July 2, 1942. Max died on September 17. Fritz committed suicide in Terezin on May 30, 1943. Käthe was assigned to the glimmer factory, separating pieces of the mineral mica, which was used for electrical insulation. Mica was essential to the German war effort, so she and her immediate family were protected temporarily from deportation to camps further east. Steffi was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp and murdered in October 1944. Theresienstadt was liberated by Soviet troops on May 8, 1945. Käthe, Maud, and Karmela returned to Prostejov. They immigrated to Israel in March 1949.

Date
approximately 1928 March 25  (received)
1945 May  (recovered)
Geography
received : Prostejov (Czech Republic)
recovery : Prostejov (Czech Republic)
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Drinking vessels
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Maud Michal Stecklmacher Beer
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:05:38
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