Friday, July 31, 2009

Antique Doll Jewish Grandmother Found at Dachau




This great finely detailed antique doll was found at the German Jewish Internment Camp after WWII. It was purchased by Elmo Williams. Elmo was filming the movie The Vikings which had scenes filmed in several Countries. He visited Dachau where he purchased this Jewish Grandmother; while filming in Germany.

She has a hand-carved face that looks life like with a grandmother's crinkled eyes and smile lines etched into her loving face. Her hair is probably mohair which is covered with a lace cap. One of her hands is missing and there is a bit of wear and tear from living such a long and tragic life. She measures 44 inches tall. I would estimate that she dates back to the 1800's. I have to wonder what she could tell us about her journey to Dachau. Who did she come with and why did she survive?

Please contact me if you have any information that would help us know more about this treasure Elmo has managed to hold onto for so many years. My email is karenclark41@gmail.com.


The dress is pleated around the bottom and across the entire back.



The pictures show the wonderfully detailed garment with beaded roped bodice




Her bottom half is a wire frame shaped like a lampshade with a quilted cover as seen in the picture below.



Monday, July 20, 2009

Defy Bad, Move Through Love

In March of 2005, I was moved to write a letter to our local paper. I found this letter while cleaning out drawers and thought that it is never a time when I believe this message is no longer applicable.

Dear Editor,

I don't think we are being foolish to stay optimistic in bad times.

People have proven to be compassionate, kind and to have courage during both the good times and in the bad times. We shouldn't wait until we can manage to have enough courage to do something grand to counter something we think is wrong in society. When we do a small thing, it is one step in the right direction.

My small step this Easter season is to remind us how sad it is that the Episcopalians and the Lutherans in our small community did not celebrate Lent together again for the second year. Is it impossible for us to disagree without drawing a line between us?

I would like to think we could live in defiance of all that is bad around us and to use love as the motivator that moves us instead of discord. "The love of people is at the same time a love for God. For when we love one, we do not necessarily love one's handiwork" Judah Low



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