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Letters As A Lifeline – Review of Ruth Schreiber’s Exhibit

The Jewish Art Salon partnered with the Anne Frank Center to present the art exhibit Letters From My Grandparents – The Art of Ruth Schreiber.

Sandee Brawarsky, Culture editor of The NY Jewish Week, reviewed the exhibit:

Letters As A Lifeline 
A book and an exhibit tell stories of family and identity, all in longhand.

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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