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8 porcelain bowls and 3 matching plates received as wedding gifts and recovered postwar by a Czech Jewish woman 2013.355.1 h front

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, United States

Eight porcelain dinner bowls and 3 porcelain dinner plates with a black floral pattern received by Käthe Steiner upon her marriage to Fritz Stecklmacher on March 25, 1928, in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia. Käthe gave the tableware to non-Jewish neighbors for safekeeping before her July 1942 deportation to Theresienstadt ghetto/labor camp. She recovered it 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 into flakes 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.

Eight porcelain dinner bowls and 3 porcelain dinner plates with a black floral pattern received by Käthe Steiner upon her marriage to Fritz Stecklmacher on March 25, 1928, in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia. Käthe gave the tableware to non-Jewish neighbors for safekeeping before her July 1942 deportation to Theresienstadt ghetto/labor camp. She recovered it 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 into flakes 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.

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  • Title: 8 porcelain bowls and 3 matching plates received as wedding gifts and recovered postwar by a Czech Jewish woman 2013.355.1 h front
  • Provenance: The tableware was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Maud Michal Beer, the daughter of Käthe Steiner Stecklmacher., The tableware was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Maud Michal Beer, the daughter of Käthe Steiner Stecklmacher.
  • Subject Keywords: Concentration camp inmates--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish families--Czech Republic--Prostejov--Biography. Jews--Persecutions--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Holocaust survivors--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Women concentration camp inmates--Czechoslovakia--Biography., Concentration camp inmates--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish families--Czech Republic--Prostejov--Biography. Jews--Persecutions--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Holocaust survivors--Czechoslovakia--Biography. Women concentration camp inmates--Czechoslovakia--Biography.
  • Type: Household Utensils, Household Utensils
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: a. White porcelain, circular dinner plate with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 3 very faded and 2 slightly faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the plate center. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. b. White porcelain, circular dinner plate with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 4 black and 1 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the plate center. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. c. White porcelain, circular dinner plate with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the plate center. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. d. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 black outlined cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. e. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 whitish cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. f. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. g. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. h. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. i. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1whitish cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. j. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. k. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. About the Epiag / Aich maker's mark: Epiag refers to a porcelain manufacturer's trade association. Aich, Menzl, & Co. was originally an Austrian porcelain manufacturer. It joined Epiag in 1922 and closed in 1933., a. White porcelain, circular dinner plate with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 3 very faded and 2 slightly faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the plate center. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. b. White porcelain, circular dinner plate with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 4 black and 1 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the plate center. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. c. White porcelain, circular dinner plate with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the plate center. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. d. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 black outlined cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. e. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 whitish cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. f. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. g. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 faint cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. h. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. i. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1whitish cluster in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. j. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. k. White porcelain, shallow, circular dinner bowl with slightly flared sides and a scalloped lip with an embossed geometric patterned border and a gold painted rim. There are 5 faded black painted floral leaf clusters around the lip and 1 in the center of the well. A maker's mark is stamped on the underside. About the Epiag / Aich maker's mark: Epiag refers to a porcelain manufacturer's trade association. Aich, Menzl, & Co. was originally an Austrian porcelain manufacturer. It joined Epiag in 1922 and closed in 1933.

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