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Accession Number: NEKHC:2015.20

Object: Passierer

Physical Description:  Passierer made from wood. Complete.

Information on Item: This passierer forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. It was used to strain spinach through a horse hair sieve at Dorothy's childhood home in Vienna.

Further Information 

This kitchen utensil forms part of the Dorothy Fleming Collection. Dorothy Fleming was born Dora Oppenheimer in Vienna, Austria, and as a young child enjoyed family life. Reflecting on her childhood home in Vienna, Dorothy recalls spending a lot of time in the family kitchen next to their cook who lived with the family, watching her work. This wooden utensil is called a passierer, and was used to strain spinach through a horse hair sieve.

Dorothy recalls that it would take a lot of spinach to feed the family as they were a large family who lived closely together; Dorothy lived with her parents, her sister, and her paternal grandmother ‘Little Grandma’, while her maternal grandparents lived across the road. As the family were in increasing danger from the rise of Nazism and the persecution of Jewish people, Dorothy and her sister were sent by their parents to England on the Kindertransport in January 1939. After the girls had left Dorothy’s father, Erich, who had been an optician in Vienna was able to secure a permit to come to England through the help of a friend. 

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