A patchwork of stories

The unforgettable exhibition "Passing on the Comfort” tells the story of a young Dutchwoman doing resistance work before and during WW2, how she helped people hiding or on the run, and how these very quilts helped her.
These quilts, now aged yet splendid in their intentional glow, were made by hand and donated as relief goods by North American Mennonite and Amish women.
Together with the film and information panels, these twenty quilts should be seen in connection with the biographical book full of gripping true tales, which show the power of practical help, freely given.

In this site you’ll find information about the 20 quilts, the authors of the book, the book itself, relief work then and now, and how you can help.
This exhibition has been traveling the world, telling its story, for two decades. A European tour started in June, 2016, supported by the publication of a German edition of the book. Dutch and English versions were made in 2008 and 2005 and are available.

The Twenty Quilts

The young minister couple An and Herman Keuning met each other through resistance work during the German occupation of the Netherlands. In 1944 they decided to marry and to settle in...

The Book

Two women find each other in Holland, brought together improbably by a set of worn quilts, made by groups of women half-a-world-away who simply used what they had.


The Authors

Two women, separated by a generation but bound by a story worth sharing, set out to make a book to accompany an exhibition.