"The Legacy: A Daughter's Experience of the Holocaust" is a body of work in two parts. It is a project that took me several years to complete but really, a lifetime to produce, culminating in exhibitions and its subsequent publication as a book.
Part I of my "Legacy Project" is The Family Heirloom. It illustrates my relationship to my father's concentration camp uniform, which he saved after his liberation from the camp at the end of WWII.
"I was first shown my father's concentration camp uniform at an early age. He went into his closet to take a plastic bag from the top shelf and inside that bag was the neatly folded uniform. I wasn't surprised to see it, but I was surprised it was being stored in a plain yellow plastic bag. The bag seemed so ordinary and its contents far too important to be stored that way.
Over the years I revisited the uniform often, taking it down to show friends, or look at by myself. It was somewhat reassuring to know it was always there - my only tangible connection to a past that seemed like a dream. It was my family heirloom, a sad secret tucked away on the top shelf of my father's closet in a plain yellow bag."
-An excerpt from "The Legacy: A Daughter's Experience of the Holocaust: The Family Heirloom"
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The Family Portrait: My Grandmother Rachel, 40, with Aunt Ida, 11, After Auschwitz
I Thought It Would Feel Like Home
My photo essay "I Thought It Would Feel Like Home" is Part II of my "Legacy Project". It focuses on a pilgrimage I made with a small group of relatives to my father's pre-Holocaust homeland of Lithuania.
In documenting and writing about that journey I came face-to-face with the profound loss of a culture and its people, their erasure at the hands of others, and the "memories of memory" that are the only remnants I have to hold onto. This is my legacy.
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