𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗣𝘂𝗯 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗵𝘄𝗶𝘁𝘇 𝗯𝘆 Lucy Adlington.
At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp—mainly Jewish women and girls—were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers.
This fashion workshop—called the Upper Tailoring Studio—was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant’s wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin’s upper crust.
Drawing on diverse sources—including interviews with the last surviving seamstress—The Dressmakers of Auschwitz follows the fates of these brave women. Their bonds of family and friendship not only helped them endure persecution, but also to play their part in camp resistance. Weaving the dressmakers’ remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies for plunder and exploitation, historian Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich and offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of World War II and the Holocaust.
𝘗𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦.
I love history and I’ve read a lot of books about WWII and the horrors of Auschwitz and each story is utterly unique and worth reading, this book was no exception. A heartbreaking and beautiful story about survival, strenght and an amazing group of women.
Thank you HarperPerennial for this gifted copy.
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦: 𝘕𝘰𝘯 𝘍𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺, 𝘞𝘞𝘐𝘐, 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵, 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘪𝘳𝘴.