The Family Heirloom
My project "The Legacy: A Daughter's Experience of the Holocaust" is a body of work in two parts: “The Family Heirloom” and “I Thought It Would Feel Like Home”. It is a project that took several years to complete but really, a lifetime to produce, culminating in ongoing exhibitions and its publication as a book.
“The Family Heirloom” illustrates my relationship to my father's concentration camp uniform, which he saved after his liberation from a satellite camp of Dachau 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"
To see more images and info about the "Legacy Project" you can visit its Facebook page here.
Or visit the online bookstore at Blurb to see sample pages and order the book in either hardcover or softcover.