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Passing on the Comfort: The War, The Quilts, and the Women Who Made a Difference    by An Keuning-Tichelaar & Lynn Kaplanian-Buller order for
Passing on the Comfort
by An Keuning-Tichelaar
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Good Books, 2005 (2005)

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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Passing on the Comfort is a story of a war, quilts, and women who made a difference. Two women from different backgrounds and eras are brought together by a mutual reverence for quilts made by the Mennonites for the poor and underprivileged. Quilts that helped to keep refugees, who were fleeing oppression and death, warm and comforted.

An Keuning-Tichelaar was a bride in Amsterdam during World War II. She and her husband Herman provided shelter for people trying to escape Hitler's wrath. Mennonite churches all over the world donated food, shoes and clothing to help their endeavor. Blankets and hand-stitched quilts were a blessing for those who fled with nothing. Lynn Kaplanian-Buller, born in Minnesota, but now married and living in Amsterdam, learned of these events and met An, who had kept a number of thequilts that provided warmth for so many. Arranging a showing of these well-worn coverings brought the two women together and they learned each other's stories, which are told here.

Anyone enamored of quilts will love the color photos of these works of art, ones that were crafted by loving and compassionate hands.

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