Stories of Migration

Wailing Wall of Krakow       Sandra E. Lauterbach  •  Los Angeles, California, USA

Wailing Wall of Krakow
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56 x 102 inches - photo by Gregory Case

This piece was inspired by my visit to Remuh Cemetery in Krakow, Poland, where my family lived before WW2. The tombstones were destroyed during the war. In the 1950s, tombstone fragments were recovered and cobbled together to form a wall around the cemetery — a poignant memorial. The photographs I took of the wall and family wartime documents are interwoven into a fabric montage. Four generations are depicted. Just as survivors attempted to patch their lives together after the war, my hand stitching in this piece connotes to me their lost families, homes, hearths, and daily lives.

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