The Jewish Art Salon partnered with the Anne Frank Center to present the art exhibit Letters From My Grandparents – The Art of Ruth Schreiber.
Letters are delicate inheritances, especially the ones that are addressed to someone else.
To read them is to eavesdrop; to share them is, at best, an opportunity to provide historical testimony, but, potentially, a betrayal of privacy.
Two new projects turn grandparents’ letters into art. Scholar and author Ian Buruma went through thousands of letters to write “Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War” (Penguin Press).
Ruth Schreiber’s grandparents’ letters are in the archives of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and she worked with a set of copies to translate them into English, publish them and also shaped them into sculpture and paintings in mixed media.
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