My Mother’s Stories, Served with Bagels and Locks

My Mother's Stories, Served with Bagels and Locks

My Mother’s Stories, Served with Bagels and Locks © 2005 by Nava Atlas

My Mother’s Stories, Served with Bagels and Locks, 2005
Mixed media with found objects
54”w x 21”h x 4.5”d

Some time after my mother’s death in 2003, I found a small notebook in which she related the stories of how she traveled with a friend by ship from Poland in 1930 as an 18-year old eager to become a pioneer in Palestine. Part two of the notebook told of her move in 1956 from what became Israel, to join her surviving sisters in Detroit. With more of her family than not having perished in Treblinka, the “locks” represent the secret of survivor’s guilt and other painful memories that are never brought to the table, so to speak.

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