More than mere historians, I suspect that it is the artists of the Holocaust, the poets, sculptors, painters and illustrators who will teach the future generations, who will reach them in their souls. When all my books are forgotten, a thousand years from now, a child might still look at a tapestry on a wall, and read that each stitch depicting the Holocaust was sewn by a survivor who had seen such scenes with her own eyes... A survivor who could not speak aloud about her own experiences, recreated her memories of the Holocaust stitch by stitch in tapestries of mute but awesome testimony. These hand- made artifacts are monuments to witnessed truth. Her art contains a beauty, power and sorrow that transcends time, stitch by painful stitch. The difficult medium she chose to contain her memories is itself a lesson in the price of Holocaust depiction. Perhaps some memories should not be preserved too easily.
Author of "America's Nazi Secret" and
"The Secret War Against the Jews"
Former U.S. government prosecutor
For many years Trudie could not speak about her experiences as a child prisoner of the Gestapo. But when Trudie began to depict those years in thread, her healing process began. Think of the labor and attention that is required by such vast tapestries, rendered in excruciating detail, a single thread at a time.
-Rabbi Arielle Hanien
Founding Director of The Source: Gathering Waters
National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership fellow
Rabbis Without Borders fellow
Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, Research Scholar