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The Arts Page | Program | #307 -- Stitching History from the Holocaust

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Published on Nov 13, 2014

[Original Airdate: November 13, 2014]

This special episode of The Arts Page explores a powerful new exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. “Stitching History from the Holocaust” tells the story of Paul and Hedwig “Hedy” Strnad, a Jewish couple living in Prague in 1939. Paul writes to his cousin Alvin in Milwaukee to get affidavits to emigrate from Czechoslovakia to the United States, and hopes that his wife’s dress designs will be the key to getting them passage to the US. Sadly, Paul and Hedy both perish in the Holocaust. The exhibit is a tribute to their lives, creating their legacy via fashion with the help of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and exploring the deeper questions of loss and preservation.

“Stitching History from the Holocaust” also Features the Work of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Costume Shop

Hedy’s designs were brought to life by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Costume Shop. The team researched the design from this period and painstakingly constructed the pieces. From the buttons (hand covered), to the zippers (vintage), the pleats (sourced from New Jersey), to the patterns (silk screened and hand painted), each was created with meticulous detail to ensure that Hedy’s vision was realized.

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