'Knitting Hope': Scarsdale woman shares Holocaust story to help educate, inspire others

Singer says that the red dress was worn by Judy Fleishcher Kolb back in 1943 and was knitted by the girl's grandmother after they escaped Nazi Germany and were living as refugees in Shanghai.

News 12 Staff

Feb 18, 2021, 2:02 PM

Updated 1,211 days ago

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A Scarsdale woman is sharing stories from the Holocaust to help educate and inspire others.
Tanya Singer, of Scarsdale, has always been fascinated by hand-knit items - especially those that were made during the Holocaust.
After doing some research, she uncovered the story of a little knitted red dress that now hangs in a Holocaust museum in Illinois.
Singer says that the red dress was worn by Judy Fleishcher Kolb back in 1943 and was knitted by the girl's grandmother after they escaped Nazi Germany and were living as refugees in Shanghai.
Singer is now sharing the story of the red dress through her passion project, called "Knitting Hope."
She says she wants to continue sharing Holocaust history and how the woman lovingly made hand-knit items for family members that stood the test of time.
"It's even more inspiring to know the power we have in small acts such as knitting a dress for a grandchild and how much that could mean to giving people a feeling of love and security," she says.
The meaning behind the red dress has inspired her so much that she is running what's called a "Knit Along" starting Wednesday on Facebook - getting other knitters to make the same red dress.
The "Knitting Hope" project also coincides with the 78th anniversary of the Japanese seizing control of the Shanghai ghetto this month back in 1943.


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