Helene Rother

This story is of an immigrant who became the first woman automotive designer. In 1940, Helene escaped Paris as the Germans marched in.  She ended up in Casablanca in North Africa, but could not leave without an exit visa. There, she and her 7 year old daughter, Ina, spent two months in a displaced persons camp. Somehow the two of them made it to America.


Helene Rother, 2014, Encaustic, oil paint, wood on sheet metal panel with scale model of 1952 Nash, 16” x 12”x 7,” ©2017 Pat BenincasaAll Rights Reserved