I’m sure by now that many of you have heard of the 20,273 Project created by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers. If not, please read more about it (here).
Between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disable people – men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis.
Though they never laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed. Most were murdered within 1-2 hours.
Jeanne has undertaken the enormous task of compiling 70,272 quilt blocks. One for every victim.
If you read my blog regularly you know that I have a grandson with autism. It is beyond my comprehension how anyone could think that he would not belong in this world. He is my world!
I knew I would never be able to jam an entire quilt through my little machine so I sent the blocks pictured here.
However, today I learned that Jeanne has established a new size. The “Skinny Quilt” is perfect for someone like me who dislikes machine quilting, but can manage something only 15” wide. You can read about it (here). Thanks Jeanne! You can be sure that more skinny quilts will be on their way to you soon.
I hope if you feel the same way I do about this horrid tragedy, that you may send a few blocks or quilts as well.