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18- We Will All Perish

(From Tapestry) "October 15, 1942. We left our house for good and walked down to the road. Mottel sat in the front wagon holding the Torah. My parents went to join him while my brother helped my little sisters settle into the rear wagon with my aunt Trushel, her sister Golda, my uncle Ruven, and my five little cousins. Suddenly Mottel’s daughter-in-law stood up and cried to my mother, ‘Rachel, we will never come back! We will all perish!’ Everyone began to cry. Mania and I followed quickly behind the woman who was to take us to Dombrowa and the house of Stefan, my father’s friend. The wagons left for the Krasnik station, and we never saw our family again."

Embroidery and fabric collage, 1998.

44-11/16″W x 44-5/8″H.

Transcript of Narration

"Although she said that the picture of her leave-taking from her family was the most difficult she had done, she went back to this same subject about 10 years later. If you look at the two pictures next to one another, you can see how much she had learned in that time: perspective, for one thing, as well as the ability to create a much more complex composition.

 

"In this picture, she and Mania are in the background, going off with a neighbor their mother had paid to take them to Stefan’s house. In the foreground are her parents and the rest of the family. In this second leave-taking scene, she imagined what it must have been like for her mother to have said goodbye to two of her children, knowing that she might never see them again."