On Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Jewish Museum, 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FANs attended “Stitching History From the Holocaust.” We first enjoyed a catered breakfast and then took a docent-led tour of this moving exhibit.
The story of the dresses that make up this exhibit began decades ago with a family divided between two continents and destinies. In 1939, Paul and Hedwig Strnad, living in Prague, wrote to Paul’s cousin who was living in Milwaukee, to ask for assistance in receiving the affidavit necessary for them to leave Europe and escape the Nazi occupation.
Sketches of Hedwig’s clothing designs were sent in the hopes that the examples would provide evidence of their financial independence. Unfortunately, despite all efforts, Paul and Hedwig perished in the Holocaust. But their memories live on in the letters, sketches and the eight dresses meticulously created from Hedy’s designs which form the core of this exhibit.
The New York Times review of this exhibit states, “The fashions are both text and textile, a story of life and death told in fabric.”
FAN hosts for this special FAN-funded exhibit were Paula Finkle and Ellie Taub.