The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The powerful chronicle of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop created within one of the most notorious WWII death camps.
At the height of the Holocaust, 25 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 patronised 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.
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|Listening Length||12 hours|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 September 2021|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,771 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
10 in Fashion History
12 in Judaism (Audible Books & Originals)
13 in Biographies of Jewish People
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A story of unknown strengths, endurance, resiliance, lifelong friendship, loyalty, unbelievable hardships and the power of positivity. Yes, many more characters than a normal book would introduce, and often could not keep track of them, but in the big scheme of lhings, just as in our own lives, everything is inter-twined, and each person impacted the lives of the Dressmakers in one way or another.
A huge thank you to Dr Lore Shelley for realizing that the experiences and memories of these survivors needed to be documented and shared, and by starting the daunting task of contacting this women (and men) and gathering the information. And another big thanks to the author Lucy Addington for all the work and time she invested in completing the project - chronicling the submissions and all of the research and follow up with several of the main characters.
Among other things, it serves to remind us that we are so lucky to live in the world we live in today.