70273 Project - An International Memorial Art Collaboration.
Did you know......
"Between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls – were murdered by the Nazis. Though they never even 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."
I was totally unaware of this event & felt extremely sad on learning this & felt compelled to participate & encourage others to do so too.
Jeanne Hewell-Chambers is the mastermind behind the 70272 project & the aim of this collaboration is to make 70,273 blocks, one block to commemorate each disabled person who lost their life.
MAKING BLOCKS FOR THE 70273 PROJECT
Blocks must be a white base with 2 red X's on it and one of 3 sizes: 3.5"x6.5" (9 cm x 16.5 cm) or 6.5" x 9.5" (16.5 cm x 24.2 cm) or 9.5" x 12.5" (24.2 cm x 31.8 cm ). The red crosses can be machine pieced, appliqued, embroidered, made with ribbons, buttons whatever you choose, even drawn or painted (as long as the medium is permanent).
All blocks must be accompanied by a completed and signed Provenance Form which includes the address to send your block/s ( if you make multiple blocks, only one form needs to be completed) which is available here:
More information about the project can be found here:
I hope you will join me in sending many blocks to Jeanne :)