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28 – THE BEES SAVE ME (From the picture): "June 1943, in Grabowka. While I was tending the garden I had planted, two Nazi soldiers appeared and began to talk to me. I couldn't let them know that I understood them, so I just shook my head as they spoke. Dziadek, the old farmer who had taken me in as his housekeeper, came to stand watch nearby, but the honeybees rescued me first, swarming around the soldiers. 'Why aren't they stinging you?,' the soldiers asked Dziadek as they ran out of the…

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36 – GRANDDAUGHTER (From the picture): "The summer you were 3 years old, dear Mami Sheine, Grandma came to visit you. We went to a park where you discovered a huge tree. I never forgot the expression on your face as you stood there admiring the tree. Grandma loves you so much." Embroidery and fabric collage, 1999. 22-1/8"W x 25-1/8"H. FABRIC OF SURVIVAL | Art and Remembrance Click through for full account

FABRIC OF SURVIVAL | Art and 35 – MY HUSBAND, MAX KRINITZ (From the picture): "This is my husband, Max Krinitz, as he was in 1949, just before we left Belgium for America. Max was born on January 30, 1915 and died on October 6, 1998." Embroidery and fabric collage, 1999. 22-5/8"W x 23-1/16"H.

34 – PICKING CHERRIES (From the picture): "July 1954. In the yard of our house in Brooklyn, I climbed to the top of the tree and sent down buckets of cherries to my two girls, Bernice and Helene. A neighbor boy called to Bernice to ask who was in the tree and could not believe it when she told him it was her mother. When I was a little girl, my grandmother had told me that money grew on trees in America. 'Buba,' I said, 'I'm good at climbing trees!' 'I know,' she said. I remembered that…

33 – COMING TO AMERICA (From the picture): "Coming to America, June 10, 1949. We arrived in New York. Max's cousin Clara came aboard the ship to greet us. As our daughter Brasia slept in her father's arms, Clara said to her, 'My dear child, this will be your America!'" Embroidery and fabric collage, 1996. 23-3/4"W x 23-5/8"H. FABRIC OF SURVIVAL | Art and Remembrance

32 – THE WAY TO BERLIN (From the picture): "March 1945. Along with the 5th Division of the Russian Army, my Polish Army unit crossed the Oder River into Germany. We passed the site of an earlier battle. The Russians had hung Nazi officers on every tree along the road. They looked as though they were still alive. Many other dead Nazis lay scattered across the field, at the edge of which a young pretty Russian soldier stood, pointing the way to Berlin." Embroidery and fabric collage, 1998…

29 – I DREAM OF GRANDFATHER A year later in Grabowka, I dreamt that I went to see my grandfather in his house. My grandfather had died three years earlier, and in my dream, I knew that I had to keep my distance from him. "Oh Zayde," I cried, "you are close to God! You have to help me!" "Don't worry, Esther," he said. "You will cross the river and you will be safe." Embroidery and fabric collage, 1989. 40-5/8"W x 37-13/16"H. FABRIC OF SURVIVAL | Art and Remembrance

FABRIC OF SURVIVAL | Art and 32 – THE WAY TO BERLIN (From the picture): "March 1945. Along with the 5th Division of the Russian Army, my Polish Army unit crossed the Oder River into Germany. We passed the site of an earlier battle. The Russians had hung Nazi officers on every tree along the road. They looked as though they were still alive. Many other dead Nazis lay scattered across the field, at the edge of which a young pretty Russian soldier stood, pointing the way to Berlin."…

32 – THE WAY TO BERLIN (From the picture): "March 1945. Along with the 5th Division of the Russian Army, my Polish Army unit crossed the Oder River into Germany. We passed the site of an earlier battle. The Russians had hung Nazi officers on every tree along the road. They looked as though they were still alive. Many other dead Nazis lay scattered across the field, at the edge of which a young pretty Russian soldier stood, pointing the way to Berlin." Embroidery and fabric collage, 1998…

27 – THE WELL (From the picture): "January 1943. One day in Grabowka, while working for the old couple who took me in, I went to the well and was surprised to see it surrounded by Gestapo officers. I started to draw the water when one came over and speaking Polish, offered to help. I thanked him, and he clicked his heels in response. " Embroidery and fabric collage, with fabric wash, 1994. 37-3/16"W x 37-1/8"H.FABRIC OF SURVIVAL | Art and Remembrance

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