This wooden toy donkey belonged to Gina Sinozich's young son Michael. It was made in her home village of Senovik, Croatia, where donkeys were used as water carriers.
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Title: Wooden carved donkey carrying a barrel on its back
Significance: To avoid arousing the suspicion of the Communist authorities, the Sinozich family could only carry a few personal belongings when they escaped Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia, in 1956. Gina Sinozich treasured this wooden toy as a tangible connection to her Croatian homeland.