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Quilted wall hanging made postwar by a survivor to honor family members killed in Chelmno

Object | Accession Number: 2004.530.1

Quilted, mixed media wall hanging created by Minia Wasilkowska Moszenberg in 2002 in tribute to her family who was murdered at Chelmno killing center. It represents the separation of the family in the Ozorkow ghetto in Poland in April 1942. It depicts her parents, Jonah and Pesa, and two young siblings, Cela, 9, and Josef, 5; a skull in a helmet with a swastika floats above their heads. To their right stands a skeletal guard with a gun, then a girl, Minia, 16, walking away to the right. Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany in September 1939. The family home was bombed and they moved around from place to place. German rule imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Jews and, in 1941, they were confined in a ghetto. In spring 1942, the Germans decided to close the ghetto. Everyone was rounded up and gathered in a schoolyard, where they were forced to disrobe and beaten. Minia was stamped A and sent to Lodz Ghetto with 800 others; her family was stamped B and, with 2000 others, sent to Chelmno. In August 1944, Minia was transported to Auschwitz II-Birkenau and then transferred to Bergen-Belsen and Geislingen an der Steige concentration camps in Germany. She was liberated on April 29, 1945, at Allach concentration camp. Minia was sent to Landsberg displaced persons camp and, malnourished and weighing only 75 pounds, to St. Ottilien Convent Hospital. After recovering, she was sent to Feldafing DP camp. While there, she married Leon Moszenberg in August 1946. The couple had a daughter in 1949 and emigrated to New York in May 1951.

Artwork Title
We Never Said Good Bye
Date
2002  (creation)
1942 April  (commemoration)
Geography
creation : Flushing (New York, N.Y.)
Language
English
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Needlework
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Minia Wasilkowska Moszenberg
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Record last modified: 2018-09-26 15:29:18
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