Published On: Sun, Nov 16th, 2014

Dress Designs By Holocaust Victim on Dispay in Milwaukee

Paul and Hedy Strnad are trapped as the Nazis close in. Can Hedy's dress designs and their cousin in Milwaukee help them get to the United States


Dress designs, which were thought of as lost forever, are now given new life in the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee. On the eve of the Holocaust, Paul Stnard and his wife Hedwig, a designer, wrote letters to their cousin Alvin in Milwaukee in a last bid to get out of Nazi occupied Europe, according to PBS Newshour.

Paul Stnard presented drawings of eight gorgeous dresses, drawn to  every detail. Alvin Stnard tried to find a job and visa for them both, but it was too late. Paul had been murdered in Treblinka or the Warsaw Ghetto, and Hedwig’s story is not clear, but her dresses live on in a collection.




Kathy Bernstein, director of the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee, decided to create an exhibit of Hedwiga’s designs. She told PBS Newshour, “We want to create an exhibit. We want to show, to have a tangible example of what has been lost in the Holocaust.” The exhibit of dresses will be shown in the museum until February 2015.

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