Antique German Steins

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Antique German Steins
Antique German Steins

The steins were gifts to my grandfather from my great great grandmother. My father was born in Germany at an American Military base in Munich. He only got to live there for a few years when they made the move to America. Before my father was born, his family lived in Germany through the end of WWII. 

The steins were hand-painted and molded-in Germany. They were a gift from my great grandmother to my grandfather at Christmas time in the mid to late 1960s.  They were brought over to America when my father and my grandfather moved here.  The steins have German sayings painted on them. Some of them are; Ein Guter trunk Macht alte Jung, which means, A good drink makes old people young. 
When my grandfather moved to America he made sure to bring the steins to keep an ever-lasting memory of Germany. When I see them today they remind me of my ancestors and give me a sense of my family history. They give me a glimpse of my ancestors’ life in Germany and how it survived the journey to America in the mid to late 1900s.  

Place(s): Munich, Germany; Manhattan, New York


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