07 - The Nazis Arrive

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(From the Tapestry): "September 1939. My friends and I ran to see the first Nazis entering our village, Mniszek. They stopped in front of my grandparents’ house, where one got off his horse to rough up my grandfather and cut his beard as my grandmother screamed.”

Embroidery and fabric collage, 1993.
54″W x 41″H.

Narration by Esther's daughter, Helene McQuade

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Transcript of Narration

Esther and her friends ran to see the Nazis arrive at the village on horseback and watched here, in the foreground, as one dismounted to rough up her grandfather and cut his beard, as her grandmother screamed.

We just saw Esther’s grandfather in the Rosh Hashanah picture, stately and dignified, a respected elder of the town. Imagine how wrenching it was for Esther to see her beloved and revered grandfather demeaned and humiliated in this way.

​Transcript prepared by the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science Docent Association.