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Fabric of Survival

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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.

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