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Passing on the Comfort: The War, the Quilts and the Women Who Made a Difference

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Publisher Comments:

    

     The memoir of two women brought together by a collection of worn quilts and the history they hold. Terrible odds, determined women. Quilts, well-worn from having been called into active duty.

     

     This is a story with many parts and pieces, quite scattered in the beginning. Amazingly, the many pieces have come together to form a design that none of us imagined at first. First there is An in Holland in the early 1940s, fighting to keep the War from taking over her young, promising life. Met with unspeakable horrors, she takes risks that would confound the bravest of souls. At the same time, groups of women across North America meet in sewing circles, making quilts—and then bundling them up and sending them off to do their part to give comfort and courage and respite during the War. 

     

     I, Lynn, come 20-some years later, showing up in Amsterdam in the early 1970s, a little rebellious and tired of another war. I didn't know An, and quilts were not something I ever made. But my grandmother and aunts, and other older women in my childhood church, did. And I knew an immigrant's longing for the textures of home. We have scattered images of 19 quilts, which eventually emerge near the heart of this story, throughout the book. These quilts drew An and me to each other. We'll put this story together a little like a quilt top—here a patch, there a patch, until the design emerges, startlingly cohesive. Terrible odds. Determined women. Quilts, well-worn from having been called into active duty.

Review:

"Packed into under 200 pages is the powerful narrative of a Dutch resistance operation during WWII conducted by Keuning-Tichelaar and her husband, Herman, a Mennonite minister. With the support of their townspeople, the two young newlyweds sheltered and saved the lives of Jewish adults and children, and others in danger from the Nazis. As part of a relief effort, quilts were created by women in North American Mennonite circles and sent to the Netherlands. Beautifully illustrated with 19 color photographs of the quilts, this book describes in an understated voice the harrowing events and the daily acts of courage that Keuning-Tichelaar undertook. When, decades later, coauthor Kaplanian-Buller, a U.S. citizen living in Amsterdam, found the old quilts, she persuaded An to share her story. But Kaplanian-Buller also weaves in her own story: married to a Palestinian, she strains for multicultural relevance, but this is An's inspiring story and the focus should have remained on her. Although the intention was for the joined narratives to resemble a patchwork quilt, the result is frequently confusing, with far too many details. (June) FYI: A quilt exhibit supported by the Mennonite Central Committee will travel around the U.S. along with this book's publication." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Imagine raising six spirited kids on a grass farm. Today. Thatrsquo;ll test any mamarsquo;s strength. Dorcas Smucker and her brood live out their days in full view in this collection of musingspicking blueberries while watching for bears hoping for angels driving off the nearby freeway moving into the ldquo;thousandstory houserdquo; enduring 15yearold Mattrsquo;s lecture on respect while captive in the car. Then there was the fourweek road trip which Dorcas says ldquo;My sisterinlaw warned me would be like putting your whole family in a bathroom and staying there for three days.rdquo; Dorcas and her husband Paul are purposeful parents. But they arenrsquo;t perfect. Dorcas wonders if their marriage can endure when she and Paul canrsquo;t ever figure out what gifts to give each other. She tries to navigate her mild daughterrsquo;s development into a very certain self wondering ldquo;When do I give in and when do I stand firmrdquo;There are no recipes here. But there is story upon story. Dorcas has three daughters and three sons. And she has a voiceencouraging doubting entertaining but never taking herself too seriously. Often slightly offstride and with disarming humility Dorcas keeps finding resource in her life at home ldquo;Often the things we donrsquo;t know we need come into our lives without knocking.rdquo;

Synopsis:

This book will inspire women everywhere not to turn aside from helping others, in little ways and ordinary ways. Illustrated pictures of 19 work-worn quilts.

About the Author

     

     An Keuning-Tichelaar was born in 1922 in Makkum, a harborplace near Witmarsum, Friesland, the Netherlands. She stems from a very old, established family who are creators of the world-famous Royal Tichelaar Makkum ceramics. This book describes her life from 1922-1947, but this is not the end of her story. Married in 1944, she is the mother of three children. Her home, the parsonage, was always a haven for needy children, youth, and adults. She and her husband continue to answer the call “to be there,” even now, after 60 years of marriage.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781561484829
Subtitle:
The War, The Quilts, and the Women Who Made a Difference
Author:
Kaplanian-buller, Lynn
Author:
Kaplanian-Buller, Lynn
Author:
Keuning-Tichelaar, An
Publisher:
Good Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Quilting
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Netherlands.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Quilts & Quilting
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
186
Dimensions:
7 x 9 x 0.6 in 17.395 oz

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Product details 186 pages Good Books - English 9781561484829 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Packed into under 200 pages is the powerful narrative of a Dutch resistance operation during WWII conducted by Keuning-Tichelaar and her husband, Herman, a Mennonite minister. With the support of their townspeople, the two young newlyweds sheltered and saved the lives of Jewish adults and children, and others in danger from the Nazis. As part of a relief effort, quilts were created by women in North American Mennonite circles and sent to the Netherlands. Beautifully illustrated with 19 color photographs of the quilts, this book describes in an understated voice the harrowing events and the daily acts of courage that Keuning-Tichelaar undertook. When, decades later, coauthor Kaplanian-Buller, a U.S. citizen living in Amsterdam, found the old quilts, she persuaded An to share her story. But Kaplanian-Buller also weaves in her own story: married to a Palestinian, she strains for multicultural relevance, but this is An's inspiring story and the focus should have remained on her. Although the intention was for the joined narratives to resemble a patchwork quilt, the result is frequently confusing, with far too many details. (June) FYI: A quilt exhibit supported by the Mennonite Central Committee will travel around the U.S. along with this book's publication." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Imagine raising six spirited kids on a grass farm. Today. Thatrsquo;ll test any mamarsquo;s strength. Dorcas Smucker and her brood live out their days in full view in this collection of musingspicking blueberries while watching for bears hoping for angels driving off the nearby freeway moving into the ldquo;thousandstory houserdquo; enduring 15yearold Mattrsquo;s lecture on respect while captive in the car. Then there was the fourweek road trip which Dorcas says ldquo;My sisterinlaw warned me would be like putting your whole family in a bathroom and staying there for three days.rdquo; Dorcas and her husband Paul are purposeful parents. But they arenrsquo;t perfect. Dorcas wonders if their marriage can endure when she and Paul canrsquo;t ever figure out what gifts to give each other. She tries to navigate her mild daughterrsquo;s development into a very certain self wondering ldquo;When do I give in and when do I stand firmrdquo;There are no recipes here. But there is story upon story. Dorcas has three daughters and three sons. And she has a voiceencouraging doubting entertaining but never taking herself too seriously. Often slightly offstride and with disarming humility Dorcas keeps finding resource in her life at home ldquo;Often the things we donrsquo;t know we need come into our lives without knocking.rdquo;
"Synopsis" by , This book will inspire women everywhere not to turn aside from helping others, in little ways and ordinary ways. Illustrated pictures of 19 work-worn quilts.
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