|In September 1939, a 12-year-old girl named Esther watched as German soldiers began arriving in her small Polish town. It marked the beginning of a new terrible time that took away her freedom and most of her family. At age 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to pass on her memories of her early life to her children.
Trained as a dressmaker but untrained in art, Krinitz created a collection of 36 needlework and fabric collage pictures in strong, vivid colors and striking details with a sense of folk-like realism. Meticulously stitched words beneath the pictures provide a narrative. While the pictures are visually pleasing, almost cheerful, a closer examination reveals the stark incongruity between the pastoral surroundings and the human violence, terror and betrayal that are their subjects.
Tom L. Freudenheim, former director of the Berlin Jewish Museum, wrote: “These extraordinary pictures are very moving, but not in the least bit sentimental. The compositional concepts are highly sophisticated. I was overwhelmed by what I saw.”
“I had no intention or ever dreamed that (the artwork) would be exhibited,” said Krinitz. “I only did it for my children, my two daughters.”
The exhibition is made up of 36 fabric and embroidery collages and features a short film, Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, narrated by Krinitz herself.
Opening Reception for Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
Thurs., Sept. 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Special Guests: Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade, daughters of Esther Krinitz
Film screening: Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz.
Through the Eye of the Needle is an award-winning documentary that explores the capacity of the human heart to heal after surviving the Holocaust.
Free to Florida Holocaust Museum members; $9 per person for guests
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Also on view:
Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers
On view through September 29, 2013
This Florida Holocaust Museum created exhibition outlines the story of Tuvia, Asael and Zus Bielski who led the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews during the Holocaust. Through their efforts and leadership over 1200 men, women and children survived.
The multi-media exhibition features original artifacts, survivor testimonies, and photographs to tell this remarkable story.
Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy
On view through December 8, 2013
Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy includes photographs and documents from the collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum as well as on loan from Stetson University College of Law. Those objects on loan from Stetson University include the papers and books of Judge Harold L. Sebring, a judge at the Nuremberg Tribunal and former Florida State Supreme Court Judge and former Dean of Stetson University College of Law.
The exhibition focuses on the two sets of trials that have become known as the Nuremberg Trials: The International Military Tribunal for the major Nazi war criminals and the twelve subsequent trials conducted under Control Council Number 10 at the U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal for those not tried at the IMT. The IMT set the pattern for the subsequent trials as well as hundreds of trials of war criminals tried in the decades since 1945.
Always on view:
History, Heritage and Hope – the museum’s permanent exhibition
Kaddish in Wood – Dr. Herbert Savel’s wood carvings
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