Stitching History from the Holocaust

Stitching History from the Holocaust


Apr 07 2019 - Sep 15 2019
, 10AM- 5PM

Curated by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee
On view at JMM April 7, 2019 to September 15, 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.

JMM’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.

Photos of Exhibit (By Will Kirk)

Public Programs for Stitching History from the Holocaust

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

Creating Our American Story
Thursday, June 27th at 6:30pm

Stories of Survival: Schindler’s List
Sunday, June 30th at 1pm

Besa: Albanian Promises Kept
Tuesday, July 16th at 7pm

Immigration in Maryland Today
Sunday, July 21st at 1pm

My Long Journey Home
Sunday, July 28th at 1pm

Anne Frank House Virtual Tour
Sunday, August 4th, 11am – 3pm

Anne Frank House Virtual Tour
Sunday, August 11th, 11am – 3pm

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

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