Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a teenager in rural Poland when the Nazis invaded her quiet village changing her life forever. Separated from their family, young Esther and her sister survived the Holocaust pretending to be Polish Catholics, eventually coming to America after the war. In New York, Esther began her life as Mrs. Max Krinitz, and continued the sewing and embroidery she learned as a child. A gifted seamstress, Esther decided, at age 50, to tell her story in cloth, stitching thirty-six beautiful and poignant appliqué and embroidered panels which comprise the exhibition Fabric of Survival.
The exhibition will open on Sunday, June 14th with a Holocaust Memorial Service “Threading Together Tragedy and Hope: A Service in Memory of the Holocaust Victims” from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. conducted by Rabbi Dorit Edut. Through the beauty of words of prayer, poetry and song the victims of the Holocaust will be remembered. The memories of those who perished and survived the Holocaust hold for us the message of our own survival and the courage to respond to oppression and inhumanity in our times. The service is complimentary, light refreshments to follow. Fabric of Survival will be on view through October 25, 2009.