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Preview: Through the Eye of the Needle - the Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

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Uploaded on Nov 23, 2011

Winner of the Audience Favorite Documentary at the 2011 Washington Jewish Film Festival, the movie presents the life and art of Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. Directed by Nina Shapiro-Perl. An Art and Remembrance production.
Esther's story of survival is remarkable on its own. But it is all the more extraordinary because of her method of storytelling—stitching and embroidering. Esther Nisenthal was 15 years old in October of 1942 when the Jews of her tiny village in Poland were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. Anyone remaining in their home would be shot. Esther refused to go, begging her parents for the name of "someone, a Gentile, anyone" who would take her in. Hearing the name "Stefan" she prepares to leave. Kissing her family goodbye, she departs with her 13 year-old sister Mania, never to see her other loved
ones again. Unable to stay with Stefan, Esther invents new identities for herself and Mania -- now Polish Catholic farm girls--as they hide in plain sight from the Nazis.

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