artist’s book (cotton thread embroidered on wool felt), 15 cm x 17 cm x 2.5 cm

This artist’s book is based on the last letter that Hilel Erner sent to his family before he was murdered by the Nazis in 1942. A printed scan of the letter served as pattern to embroider Hilel’s handwritten words, which read:
Damit meine beiden Kinder nicht vergessen wie ihr Papa aussieht schicke ich dieses Bild, in der Hoffnung das sie es genau so lieb haben wie als ich bei euch wäre. Tausend Küsse und alles gute für mein(e) Frau und die Kinder. Hilel
English translation: So that my two children do not forget what their papa looks like, I send this picture, in the hope that they will hold it just as dear as if I were with you. A thousand kisses and all good wishes for mine wife and the children. Hilel

The field of tiny red x’s on the cover is a reference to the phrase tausend küsse, from which the book also takes its title.
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