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Book about Holocaust survivor’s life and art set as for Beth Emeth’s virtual discussion on July 16

Jody Savin

ALBANY–Congregation Beth Emeth will host a virtual meeting with author Jody Savin to discuss her book Stitched & Sewn – The Life-Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor, Trudie Strobel and to show attendees Strobel’s artwork on Thursday, July 16, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A child survivor of the Holocaust, Strobel settled in California, raised a family and never discussed the horrors she had witnessed. Years later, a therapist suggested that she attempt to draw the memories that haunted her, and she did—but with needle and thread instead of a pencil. Resurrecting the Yemenite stitches of her ancestors, and using the skills taught by her mother whose talent as a seamstress had saved their lives in the camps, Strobel began by stitching vast tableaus of her dark and personal memories of the Holocaust. What began as therapy exploded into works of art.

Savin, who is also from California, is a graduate of Princeton University and the American Film Institute. Following college, she worked as a playwright and poet while supporting herself as a musical director for various soap operas, winning three Daytime Emmy nominations. Her poetry has been published in dozens of literary magazines. As a screenwriter, Savin wrote the award-winning TNT documentary Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon. She also wrote and produced feature films for Disney, Universal, Columbia, and 20th Century Fox.

Discussion registration and details about purchasing the book with a 20% discount, are available on the calendar at bethemethalbany.org. Deb Sokoler at dsokoler@BethEmethAlbany.org can provide details.

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