With The Memories That Make Us, Jules Schacter wanted to create a collage representing how her family’s collective memories might have affected her great-aunt Cecilia Feingold’s decision to join the military. Schacter recreated the photo of Feingold in uniform with pieces of Feingold’s childhood photos. She specifically chose one of the whole family in Czechoslovakia prior to their immigration to Canada in 1931. Schacter directs us to the look of despair on their grandmother’s face; she knows that she will never see any of her family again. Years later, Feingold joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps and worked in intelligence in Ottawa and Washington, DC. Like many of her peers, Cecilia Feingold never shared her stories of working in the military. Even her closest family members don’t know what happened during the time she served. This is one of the many untold stories of Jewish Canadian servicewomen during the Second World War.
Jules Schacter is entering her fourth year of the combined Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Studies)/ Bachelor of Education degree program at the University of Calgary. Her studio practice has focused mainly on feminist practices. Schacter has also been actively engaged in leading major student-run exhibitions in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Calgary.
For more information on the featured servicewoman see
Cecilia Feingold (Guttman), She Also Serves Website