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    'Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945', by Mara Loytved-Hardegg. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945', by Mara Loytved-Hardegg. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:Auf der Flucht 1945 / Fleeing in 1945
    Maker: Mara Loytved-Hardegg
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Year Produced: 2010
    Size (cm): 32cm x 40cm
    Materials: Scraps of material sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    In this arpillera Mara vividly remembers fleeing in 1945 as a child from the Russians in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in the Soviet zone north of Berlin.

    “We were about three months running westwards during the nights and hiding in the woods during the days. I was not yet three and had to run with my bigger brother of five years old. My mother took the one year old sister in her arms. Finally my mother returned with us to Ulrichshusen where we had found shelter in 1943 when bombing in the cities became too hard. When we returned … my mother had to work in the fields for the Russians. There was little food and a lot of people died of Typhus.”

    Almost sixty five years after the event Mara reflects that “children are always the fragile ones” in such traumatic events “…mark[ing] their whole life.” She connects her experience to our present: “ all these children suffering now in these new wars is deeply concerning.”

    This arpillera was sewn by Mara in one of the workshops -EVACUATION- that took place as part of the associated activities during the exhibition The Human Cost of War at the Tower Museum, Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Service, 2011.

    Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Roberta Bacic, Northern Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: Arpilleras: Community Action and Empowerment through Narrative Textile Art, 6/03/2012 - 6/04/2012
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 17/11/2014 - 18/11/2014
    Textile Accounts of Conflicts, 6/02/2015 - 7/03/2015
    Arpilleras: Verhalen over leven / Arpilleras: stories of life and survival, 23/09/2015 - 20/11/2015
    ARPILLERAS: verhalen over leven ARPILLERAS: stories of life and survival, 16/01/2016 - 24/02/2016
    Enduring Life: Arpillera Voices, 11/05/2016 - 15/07/2016
    War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
    War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
    War-Torn Children, 2/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
    War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
    Arpilerak: Memoriaren Haritik Etorkizuna Josten / Arpilleras: Al Hilo De La Memoria, 12/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
    ARIPILLERAS: AL HILO DE LA MEMORIA, TEJIENDO FUTURO / Arpilleras: Knitting the Future, 25/04/2018 - 30/05/2018
    War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018
    From Home to Here: Stories of Languages Old and New, 5/11/2019 - 20/12/2019
    Conflict, Famine and Displacement: Then and Now, 13/06/2020 - 27/06/2020
    Light during the darkness: Remembering the Holocaust, 18/01/2021 - 1/02/2021
    Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021
    Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels, 1/10/2021 - 7/11/2021

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