Passing on the Comfort Quilt Exhibit,
Passing on the Comfort is an exhibit that brings together three stories with a common thread. The exhibit, sponsored by the US Embassy, tells the story of an international network of Ukrainian, American and Dutch individuals that provided relief and supplies during and after World War II. Ambassador John Tefft will open the exhibit which will be hosted by the Museum of the Great Patriotic War.

The focal point of the exhibit is the original hand-made quilts, sewn in the United States by volunteers and sent to An Keuning-Tichelaar, a Dutch woman whose personal convictions led her to Resistance, including sheltering refugees from Ukraine. The exhibit explores stories of compassion, and the intricate network of relations that led to these quilts being sewn by the North American Mennonite community and sent as war relief to Europe. Later, the quilts were used by An to shelter, among others, Mennonites fleeing Soviet rule in Ukraine.

The exhibit was developed by Linda Norris of Riverhill, who served as an American Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and 2010. The Museum of the Great Patriotic War has conducted extensive research in their own archives and are exhibiting never-before-seen materials—photographs, letters and other objects —that share the stories of individuals who took great risks to help others.

Other project sponsors include the International Menno Simons Centre of the Netherlands and the Mennonite Central Committee of the United States.
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