Stitching History From The Holocaust

September 11 – November 13, 2016



Paul and Hedy Strnad are trapped as the Nazis close in. Can Hedy’s dress designs and their cousin in Milwaukee help them get to the United States? All efforts failed. Hedy and Paul perished in the Holocaust, but their memory lives on in a letter and sketches, which form the core of this haunting exhibit.

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s costume shop meticulously created with historic accuracy the eight dresses and accessories from the original sketches by using period styles and techniques. The museum staff has collected years of research to give visitors a closer look into the lives of this couple — a story that represents one of the millions of lives extinguished by the Holocaust and the immeasurable loss of talent and creativity.

The Design Gallery is also pleased to feature a separate exhibition of garments created by UW Madison fashion design students who looked to Hedy’s legacy for a modern twist on late 1930s – 1940s styles.

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About the Jewish Museum Milwaukee: The Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. We are committed to sharing this story and the life lessons it brings with it, so that we may enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Jewish life and culture..

Stitching History From The Holocaust is an original exhibit created by and on loan from the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Supported by the UW-Madison Anonymous Fund, Friends of the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, the Jewish Federation of Madison, the George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and Fran Weinstein.


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