Mother, this is your Son; Son, this is your Mother
The sense on this word is an unnatural relationship being formed out of intense suffering. From the crucifixion it is Jesus speaking these words to the two closest relationships that he had; Mary his mother and John his closest disciple. In a way he is asking John to carry her to bear her now as son.
The figure representing the Holocaust is carrying a heavy cloth that has a very surreal woman’s figure interwoven in the folds of the cloth. Holocaust survivor becomes one of his chief identifications. He carries with him the perished, he is always a part of them, he bears them. This for him is a relationship that is unnatural but because of the Holocaust he carries the dead with him where ever he goes, he is forever connected to the larger family of six million that perished.