Forced to Flee

From Generation to Generation       Sandra E. Lauterbach  •  Los Angeles, California, USA

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From Generation to Generation

NFS 60 x 36 inches | 2014

Over 65 million people in today`s world have fled their homes to seek refuge, as did my family during World War II. This piece was inspired by my visit to Remuh Cemetery in Krakow, Poland. The cemetery was destroyed during the war, but tombstone fragments were recovered and formed into a wall.

I`ve interwoven photos and wartime family documents to depict my family`s journey, from a pre-war wedding menu and photos of young children, to wartime letters, a Pledge of Allegiance card, and a Los Angeles business card. The color photo of our sons shows hope for the future. Hand stitching signifies lost families and homes. Tragically, the story of this piece is still occurring today.

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