Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz stitched her stories of the war into a series of embroidered panels. I first saw these on exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and, like the AIDS quilt, is a work of needle/art that has moved me to tears.
The story starts with Esther's girlhood years in Annapol, Poland. She remembers the happy times when she was at home, surrounded by family, climbing cherry trees, and exploring the family farm. The Nazis arrive when Esther was still a young girl, separating the family and leaving Esther and her sister to fend for themselves.
You can see the embroidered panels and hear recordings about them on the Art & Remembrance website, founded by Esther's daughters.
I love Max the most. For everything Esther does share, she doesn't say much about her husband. But here, he is remembered in a panel made of scraps from his suits and ties.
I love that.