February 17 – May 26
Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was 15 when she defied Nazi orders, separating from her family as they and the other Jews of their Polish village reported to a nearby train station. Making their way to a village where they were unknown, Esther and her younger sister survived the war by posing as Polish farm girls. They never saw their family again.
Fifty years later, determined to show her daughters the family she had lost, Esther turned to needle and thread to create a series of 36 hauntingly beautiful, exquisitely detailed works of fabric collage and embroidery – a legacy born of love, loss, and the sheer force of memory.
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|Thank you to our generous sponsors: Brico Fund, An Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Nina Edelman, Suzy Ettinger, Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services, Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Dr. Paul Loewenstein and Jody Kaufman Loewenstein and Florence Eiseman Company.
|Special thanks to our media sponsor:
- Opening Preview – Thursday, February 16
- “World War II Milwaukee” Lunch & Learn Book Talk with Meg Jones – Thursday, February 23
- Diversity in Cloth: Culture and Catharsis – Thursday, March 2
- We Knew Then That the Jews Would be Shot – Sunday, March 26
- Common Thread: A Celebration of Fiber Arts – Sunday, April 2
- Strength of the Creative Spirit: Surviving Terezin (A Three Part Series) – Thursday, April 6
- Mending the Spirit: The Power of Art Therapy – Thursday, April 27
- Dance with Judith Ingber: Surviving Terezin (A Three Part Series) – Wednesday, May 10
- Inspired Travel: Racine Art Museum + Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center – Tuesday, May 23
- Surviving Terezin (A Three Part Series) featuring Survivor Steen Metz – Thursday, June 8
Special thanks to the hardworking Fabric of Survival Committee: