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19- The Somber Death March

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(From Tapestry): “On Friday, October 15, 1942, it was the beginning of the end, the somber march of the Rachow Jews to their deaths.”

Embroidery and fabric collage, 1991.
42″W x 42″H.

Transcript of Narration

"Here we see Esther and Mania on the main road of Rachow. Esther had become worried that their neighbor was going to report them to the Gestapo, who were offering a bounty to anyone who turned in a Jew. When Esther and Mania reached the road, they found it filled with family, friends, and neighbors on their way to the train station in Krasnik. Each face was of someone she knew, and still remembered 50 years later when she created this picture.

 

"This was one of Esther’s first memorial pictures and the first to which she added a stitched caption: 'On Friday, October 15, 1942, it was the beginning of the end, the somber march of the Rachow Jews to their deaths.'"