Last week was my birthday. My husband and I celebrated by taking a ride up to Milwaukee and have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants. Somehow, we missed our turn and ended up driving through the neighborhood rather than the man road. As we were driving along, we just happened to drive by the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee. As we drove past, I notice a sign advertising their current exhibit, Stitching History From the Holocaust. I wanted to know more so I marked it down intending to look it up later. When we sat down for lunch, my sister-in-law handed me an envelope and in it were print outs and newspaper clippings about the exhibit. I couldn't believe the serendipity! Since then, I have read all that I could and I am so fascinated. So much so that I wanted to share it with all of you as well. There are only 8 sketches, but those 8 sketches held a very heavy burden. The designer, Hedwig and her husband Paul had hoped that the sketches might buy their way out of Europe. Sadly, they did not and they lost their life in a concentration camp.
The sketches were found some years ago and given to the Jewish Museum in Milwaukee. The sketches have been brought to life and are now on exhibit. Not only were the designs created, attention was paid to every detail, down to creating the fabric. At the end of this post I've attached a video that I hope you will take the time to watch. It tells the story of the couple and how the exhibit was painstakingly created.
The exhibit runs through February 28th. If you live anywhere that is within driving distance of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I think this is an exhibit well worth seeing.