May 8, 2008
Survivors’ stories create fabric of Shoah quilt
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Alonge, whose husband, Joel, is director of sales for Mount Sinai's Hollywood Hills site, said she appreciated the chance to learn more about the Holocaust through other peoples' lives.
"Doing this project, I felt privileged. I felt like I was on the front line, getting all these stories told," she said. "When you see someone pouring out their emotions in an art form like this, it's really remarkable."
Lawrence said he hopes the Shoah Quilt project can become a teaching tool for children across the city, and he wants to take the quilts on a national tour to spread the message further.
"Take a 15-, 16-year-old today -- how much contact do they have with survivors, unless one happens to be in their family?" he asked.
Erin Zucker, 15, said she feels lucky to have that connection.
The high school sophomore at the Center for Early Jewish Education in Thousand Oaks made a quilt square featuring a candle and a flame, and the word, "Remember."
The subject is "so important to me; it's part of my life," Zucker said.
Her inspiration to take part in the project was her grandfather, Michael Mark, a survivor who told Zucker stories of his experiences during the Holocaust.
"Everything he went through means a lot to me. Just by looking at him, you wouldn't think he would have the strength to pull through something like that," she said, describing her grandfather as a quiet, generous man who likes to tell jokes.
Of the quilt, she said, "he's really happy that I did it."
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