Alexandra N. Sherman
My panel is about my paternal grandmother Goldie. My family isn't sure what her last name was, or what town she was originally from. She grew-up on the Russian/Polish border and was sent to Canada by her family to escape the Nazis. She was the only member of her immediate family to escape. She met my grandfather at the boarding house his family ran, and they married and entered the US illegally, something they later remedied. My grandparents ended up owning and operating The Dependable Watch Company, a small jewelry store across from the world trade center. The x's in my panel are based on a large cut crystal vase, which belonged to my grandmother, and now to me. The x's also represent the many members of my grandmother's family that weren't lucky enough to escape the Holocaust. The gold is a reference to her name and the jewelry store.