A Tribute Sweater by Heatherly Walker
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A Tribute Sweater

Knitting
December 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter
US 4 - 3.5 mm
310 yards (283 m)
9-12 mons
Errata available: needleworktraditions.com

This is a recreation of a baby sweater as part of the collection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Musem.
There is no information as to who knit it or who it was made for other than victims of the camp.
This is an effort to preserve history and the patterns that have been lost. Created to honor the memory of those who were murdered.
From the article:
In 2010, with my German friend Marie, I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, a World War II (1939–1945) Nazi concentration
and extermination camp in what was then German-occupied Poland that is now a memorial and museum. It
was a dreary, cold, rainy day. We walked the paths together, lit candles, recited the Kaddish (Jewish mourner’s
prayer), placed roses, and cried together.
Among the museum displays are exhibits in Block 5
titled “Everyday Life of the Prisoner,” which consist of
objects that the prisoners brought to the camps… For the past few years, the baby clothes have haunted me, calling on me to
re-create them so that their history might be preserved.

“On the basis of the partially preserved camp
records and estimates, it has been established
that there were approximately 232 thousand
children and young people up to the age
of 18 among the 1.3 million or more people
deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.”

May Their Memory Be for a Blessing.