A young Sinti girl peering out of a train to Auschwitz, 1944, Netherlands
Her name was Anna Maria ‘Settela’ Steinbach. Settela was transported to Auschwitz on a cattle train with 245 Sinti and Roma. She was murdered in the gas chamber together with her mother and nine brothers and sisters on the night of 2nd to 3rd of August 1944. She was nine years old.
Interesting find at garage sale- Pat’s letter teddy bear
O.k so while i was at my part time, this church from across our apartment was having a yard sale, my sister tells me she found a cute teddy bear and has gotten it for me, she paid 50 cents for it. Little did we knew that this little teddy bear hold a incredible secrets.
The teddy bear, or as I call him, Pappi, had writing all over him. At first we thought it was some scribble made by little kids, but the more we examined it closely it was an old writing wishing someone well. One thing we noticed is that the teddy bear was presented at 4/15/1944. Guys this teddy is like 73 years old.
There is so much thing that is unusual about Pappi, and here are couple of things we figured out so far.
-It was gifted to a girl name Patula, but everyone calls her Pat. And according to the letters she was a sweet and swell gal.
-All the letters where indicating that she was going away somewhere, one writer stated that they will soon meet at Tulsa.
-Pappi was signed by 25 different people, who really treasured Pat.
- Black inks turn brown over long period of time, so this is as legit as it can get.
-Pappi’s design is highly unusual for a teddy who is from 40′s. He has no sign indicating that he was manufactured. (Such as logo print, or a button with company name engraved to it) Not only that he was made with a cloth instead of being covered with fur like the rest of the teddy from that time period.
Here is an example of type of teddy bear that was common in that time frame, a popular one from the 1940 was the Steiff teddy bears.)
-There is a high indication that Pappi has been hand made by someone from scratch, likely with a sewing machine. Whoever made him ran out of materials and left his arm in a simple floppy design, again i shall mention, is a unusual design choice compare to a popular designs.
-We know for the fact that, Pat adored this bear and treasured it, keeping it such incredible condition for past 70 years.
-It’s possible that Pat is no longer with us.
-And my sister and I know for a fact that Pat’s family saw no value in it and decided to simply toss it at a yard sale.
It’s sad to see such wonderful thing to be thrown out like this, honestly this teddy bear belongs in a museum, not because how old or unusual it is but because of the love put in by the 25 different people and the owner who took such good care of it for seven decades.
But for now, I think this teddy deserves some cuddling.
Whelp, where ever you are Ms.Pat, I adore this really strange, mysterious and sentimental teddy, Pappi gets to see sunshine and travels with me now.
During World War II, there was a large push for recruitment of some of the best art students across the country to join the United States Army. They formed a “deception unit”, or a “ghost army” that appeared to look like a huge mass of soldiers, tanks, trucks and artillery. However, it was all smoke and mirrors, consisting of inflatable tanks, sound design, and clever applications of fake tank tracks overnight. Actors also met in pubs, planting false information. This distracted the enemy from the real troops who were gathering.
To learn more about this fascinating undertaking, which was only de-classified fairly recently, check out the podcast on the subject from 99% Invisible. (Photo from Retronaut/Mashable, England, c. 1939)