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Stitching History from the Holocaust

April 7 @ 10:00 am - August 4 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee


On view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland


April 7, 2019 – August 4, 2019



Paul and Hedy Strnad were trapped. The Nazis were closing in. In an attempt to escape, they sent Hedy’s dress designs to their cousin in Milwaukee to help them get to the United States. All efforts failed. Hedy and Paul perished in the Holocaust, but their memory lives on in a letter and sketches, which form the core of this haunting exhibit.



Stitching History from the Holocaust brings to life the innovative dress designs of Hedy Strnad. Hedy and her husband Paul originally sent these designs to Paul’s cousins in America as part of their effort to escape Prague in 1939. That effort ultimately failed, and these beautiful dresses serve not only as a unique memorial for a lost talent, but also as a touchstone for discussion of the human cost of the Holocaust and the plight of refugee populations.


The Jewish Museum of Maryland’s commitment to Holocaust education makes this exhibit an important one. Stitching History aims for visitors to see that each victim of the Holocaust has their own story that deserves to be remembered and that the Holocaust took not just lives, but also the potential those lives had and their future contributions to our world. At the same time our goal is to help visitors make connections between their own lives and histories and the stories of others.


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This exhibit is on view concurrently with Fashion Statementa JMM original exhibit.




The Baltimore presentation of this exhibit is made possible, in part, by our lead sponsor, The Herbert Bearman Foundation. 


Additional support has been provided by:


PNC Greater Maryland

A gift in memory of Hugo Dalsheimer

The Greif Family Fund

The David B. Liebman Philanthropic Fund, Sue and Dr. David Liebman

Nancy Patz Blaustein

The Kutler Family Philanthropic Fund

Irvin and Barbara Donick

Harriet Stulman

Ellen L. Patz Philanthropic Fund

Wendy M. Jachman and Jeffrey H. Scherr


Media sponsor:


Public Programs:


Behind the Seams: Weaving a Story of Loss and Discovery
Sunday, April 7th at 1pm


Connected Threads (Members Only)
Thursday, April 11th at 7pm


Maryland Premiere: After Auschwitz
Thursday, April 18th at 6:30pm


Between Germans and Czechs: The Dilemma of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, 1848-1938
Sunday, April 28th at 1pm


Big Sonia
Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30pm


The Unwanted
Wednesday, May 15th at 7pm


Different Horros/Same Hell: Jewish Women Experience the Holocaust
Sunday, May 19th at 1pm


>>View the full Jewish Museum of Maryland program calendar here.<<


April 7 @ 10:00 am
August 4 @ 5:00 pm