Through the Eye of the Needle

The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

eye_of_the_needle_440Sunday May 5th 4:00 PM

Encore Screening
Tuesday May 14th 5:45 – 6:45 PM

Followed by Q&A with
Bernice Steinberg, daughter of Esther Krinitz and
display of one of her mother’s original pieces of art.

Winner! Audience Favorite Documentary Washington Jewish Film Festival
Winner! Audience Award Best Short Film Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Winner! Audience Choice Best Short San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Winner! Golden Eagle Award Cine Awards

Esther Krinitz, along with her sister Mania, were the only members of their family, and among the few Jews in their Polish village, to survive the Holocaust. At the age of 15, Esther refused the Nazi order for the Jews to report to a nearby railroad station for relocation. She and her sister separated from their family and never saw them again.

In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to depict her stories of survival. Over a 20-year period she created a collection of 36 needlework and fabric collage pictures which has been exhibited at the Smithsonian and other museums.

Esther Krinitz’s daughter, Bernice Steinhardt will join us after this special screening for a discussion and Q&A. She will have one her mother’s original pieces of needlework with her and there will be book-signing of Memories of Survival a beautifully illustrated book of Krinitz’s art with accompanying text by her daughter.

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Bernice Steinhardt is the president and co-founder of Art and Remembrance, a non-profit, arts and educational organization that seeks to change people’s hearts and minds by illuminating the experience of war, oppression, and injustice through the power and passion of personal narrative in art.

In founding Art and Remembrance, Bernice and her sister, Helene McQuade, were inspired by the art and story of their mother, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, a Holocaust survivor who depicted her experiences as a young girl in Poland in a series of beautiful and deeply moving fabric panels. Recognizing the power of their mother’s art to change hearts and minds, they created Art and Remembrance as a testament to their mother’s legacy and a means to share her work and those of others like her who depicted their experiences as victims of war, oppression and injustice.

Since its founding in 2003, the organization has created a traveling exhibit of Esther Krinitz’s art, which is currently on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Art and Remembrance has also published an award-winning book, “Memories of Survival,” which contains Krinitz’s art and commentary by Bernice.

Until her retirement from federal service in July 2011, Bernice was a senior executive at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative and analytic arm of the U. S. Congress. Over the course of two decades, she directed GAO’s work on environmental, energy, and public health programs, as well as governmentwide management issues, testifying numerous times before the Congress.