The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive (Paperback)
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The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive (Paperback)

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Published: 18/08/2022
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*** The New York Times Bestseller ***


The powerful story 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 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.


'fascinating and original' - Alexandra Shulman

'Compelling... Adlington tells the stories of the women with clarity and steely precision' - Jewish Chronicle

'An utterly absorbing, important and unique historical read' - Judy Batalion

'Powerful... a fascinating account.' - Woman

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529311983
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 32 mm

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“A story that must be told and shines light in the darkness.”

A very special book, that details how brave and determined these women were to survive the atrocious experience of Auschwitz. As a dress historian the author stumbled across the fact that there was a fashion workshop... More

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“An amazing book”

Lucy Adlington shines a spotlight on a little known group of Auschwitz-Birkenau inmates who sewed in a ‘fashion salon’ established by Hedwig Höss, wife of Rudolf the SS Officer in charge of the death camp. Her... More

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“Tactfully told story”

This is a very well documented and thought out telling of a difficult period of history. Very insightful on a subject that needs telling. There are life stories and pictures which make the book different from others I... More

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