August 31, 2021

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz – Lucy Adlington

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:53 am by historywardrobe

A very thoughtful review

Books By Your Bedside

Published By: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 400
Date Released: 02/09/2021

At the height of the Holocaust, 25 young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp 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. The fashion workshop – called the Upper Tailoring Studio – was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandment’s wife, and patronised by the wives of SS guards and officers,

Drawing on diverse sources – including interviews with the last surviving seamstress – this book 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…

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