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Stitching Together Stories Of Survival

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Collection of Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade.
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Decades after Esther Nisenthal Krinitz lost her family in the Holocaust, she began stitching together childhood memories, using thread and fabric to detail life in their Polish village, and trauma of World War II.

It was an avocation she took up while running a clothing store in downtown Frederick. Now dozens of her embroidered panels are on display at the American Visionary Art Museum, part of an exhibit about genocide and human injustice.

Esther’s daughter, Bernice Steinhardt, describes the message of her mother’s art. Steinhardt co-founded the nonprofit Art and Remembrance to spread her mother's story.

The AVAM exhibition, "Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family" runs through 2024.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.