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In the winter of 1939, Paul Strnad wrote his cousin Alvin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Desperate to obtain an affidavit to escape the onslaught of Nazi Germany, Paul sent Alvin sketches of his wife Hedwig’s designs. Paul and Hedy hoped that these examples of her work would provide evidence of their financial independence. Despite Alvin’s best efforts, both Hedwig and her husband Paul were murdered in the Holocaust. All that remains of the story are this letter and Hedwig’s sketches.
Stitching History from the Holocaust explores the life and work of Hedy Strnad before her murder. The main feature of this exhibit is the recreation of Hedy’s dresses from her sketches. It serves as an example of what happens when human suffering is ignored and is a testament to the incalculable loss of the Holocaust.
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The Museum’s collections are made up of materials donated to us by survivors, liberators, and their families and document their experiences during the Holocaust. Search the collection to find out more.
The Florida Holocaust Museum collects contemporary artistic responses to the Holocaust and has significant holdings by artist and survivor Samuel Bak. Find out more about him and the Museum’s collection of his work.
The Warren Composition is a unique initiative created in honor of Robin Warren and highlights an object or objects from the permanent collection of The Florida Holocaust Museum with a work of creative writing inspired by that object and was conceived earlier this year when longtime board member Robin Warren completed her term.