Mennonite Central Committee
|Two women find each other in Holland, brought together improbably
by a set of worn quilts, made by groups of women half-a-world-away who
simply used what they had. |
First there is An in Holland in the
early 1940's, fighting to keep the War from taking over her young,
promising life. Despite being from a well-to-do family, she risks her
life repeatedly to care for war-time refugees-hiding a baby in her
hand-luggage while on a ferry that draws gunfire; distracting the guard
at a bridge so a fugitive without a pass can be bicycled across;
stuffing documents under a body lying in state in a room in her home
when soldiers suddenly launch a raid; and much more.
At the same
time, groups of women across North America meeting sewing circles,
concerned that the War is destroying homes and families throughout
Europe. They know they can't stop the devastation. But they can make
quilts-and then bundle them up and send them off to do their part to
give comfort and courage during the war.
Lynn comes 20-some years
later, showing up in Amsterdam fresh from America in the mid-1960's, a
little rebellious and tired of another war. She didn't know An then,
and quilts were not something she ever made. But her grandmother and
aunts and other older women in her childhood church did.
weekend, Lynn discovers the quilts that survived the War and goes
searching for their owner and stories. She found An and, ultimately,
The book brings together these true, yet nearly
unbelievable stories; it pictures 19 work-worn quilts, along with many
historic photographs of the places where the War reached An, as well as
current photos of An and Lynn together today. This is a treasure that
will inspire women everywhere not to turn aside from helping others-in
little ways, in ordinary ways.
Copyright 2005 Good Books.