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Fabric of Survival

past event

January 15, 2015 -
March 14, 2015


Open to the Public

Produced in collaboration with the Institute for Holocaust Education, Fabric of Survival highlighted the works of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz.

Fabric of Survival was on display at KANEKO as a part of the collective exhibition, FIBER.

In 1942, when Jewish residents of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz’s Polish village were ordered by Nazis to report to a nearby train station, 15-year-old Esther Nisenthal fled, with her parents’ blessing with her 13-year-old sister Mania. Hiding with non-Jewish friends in the forest, Esther and Mania ultimately created new identities, posing as Polish Catholic farm girls, hiding in plain sight of the Gestapo. In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story. Trained as a seamstress, but with no training in art, she ultimately created 36 remarkable fabric pictures of strong, vivid images and folk-art realism, meticulously stitching the narrative of her story beneath each picture.

About The Institute for Holocaust Education
The Institute for Holocaust Education is a non-profit serving Nebraska and the surrounding states, teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, and their applications, to life and society today. The IHE has reached hundreds of teachers and over 100,000 students. The Institute for Holocaust Education is proud to have served the community for close to a decade – to bring Holocaust educational resources, workshops and community events to Nebraska and the surrounding area. Through our efforts, hundreds of teachers have participated in our trainings over the years, and upwards of 100,000 students in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas have benefited from the materials and lessons passed on through their teachers. Community programming is a high priority, as we present unusual and unique stories from the time of the Holocaust to a variety of audiences. The Institute also delves into issues that help us learn about and try to prevent other genocide in the world.

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