Quilt of the Month

August 2015

August 2015

Holocaust Quilt
Ella Barnes Elementary School Fifth Grade Class
Made in Corpus Christi, Texas
Dated 1999-2000
Gift of Peter Fischl
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Peter Fischl is the author of the poem, “To the Little Polish Boy Standing with His Arms Up.” Fischl was a young boy in Hungary during World War II and unlike his father and millions of others, he survived the Holocaust. While living in the U.S. during the 1960s he saw a powerful image in Life Magazine of a young boy in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. Inspired by the image, he wrote his poem.

In 1999, fifth grade students at Ella Barnes Elementary School in Corpus Christi, Texas, wrote their own responses to Fischl’s poem and the photo. They inscribed their words on a quilt, which was sent to Fischl in appreciation for his poem. Fischl donated the quilt to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in 2014.

Visit http://www.peterfischl.com/ for more information about Fischl.