On the shelf above my PowerBook that houses the books that have changed me, Elie Wiesel’s “Night” sits prominently in the center. Mr. Wiesel took a most intolerable tale of mankind, certainly the most incomprehensible of modern time, and artfully wove it into the hearts and minds of readers worldwide. If you have yet to discover this book, don’t just take my word for it: Elie Wiesel won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for this work.
I was asked to create an honorary certificate to be awarded another Nazi death camp survivor, Ebi Gabor. This woman took time to share her story, corresponding with with young art students from St. Bernadette. A bond formed between young and old, students and mentor, East and West Coasts, and resulted in a special ceremony to present Ebi Gabor as an honorary alumnae. With Elie Wiesel as my inspiration, my aim was to create a gift for this woman that focused on beauty and brightness and hope.