Letters from My Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber

In 2004, Ruth Schreiber's aunt Esther died, and her children found a box of letters she had kept. The letters were written by Schreiber's grandparents, between January of 1939 and August of 1942, to the three of their five children whom they had managed to send to England (two as part of the Kindertransport) to survive the Nazi onslaught. The remaining two siblings, Sophie and Jeni, were smuggled out of Rivesaltes, a Vichy French camp, after their mother's death in 1941 and eventually found their way to safety in Switzerland in 1943. The letters, last written by their father Samuel, continued until he was gassed in Auschwitz in August of 1942. These powerful dispatches, written in German, Yiddish, English, and French, declare a steadfast faith, admonish their children to continue to practice Judaism, and of course, to look after each other. These are the raw materials that inspired Ruth Schreiber's multi-media art, and the Gershman Y is honored to house such powerful works.

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