Helen Epstein Luncheon During Stitching History From the Holocaust

By Kathie Bernstein, Executive Director

Several years ago I read Helen Epstein’s book, Where She Came From. It resonated with me because we were in the early planning stages for our current exhibit, Stitching History From the Holocaust, and Epstein’s story paralleled the story of Hedwig Strnad in so many ways.

Her family members were assimilated Czech-Jews, as were Hedwig’s. Helen’s great-grandmother founded a couturier in Prague that was taken over by her grandmother and finally by Helen’s mother Franci. Hedwig Strnad had her own dressmaking business in Prague. Like our Hedwig, Franci spent time in Theresienstadt. But, unlike Hedwig, she survived and eventually came to the United States.

This is a fascinating, informative book that never disappointed me. Read it and come to the luncheon featuring author Helen Epstein on Tuesday, October 7th, Noon, at the Rubenstein Pavilion. You can purchase the book from us and bring it to the luncheon to be signed.

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