VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // The Dressmakers of Auschwitz co-hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom

Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual event.

Join Napa Bookmine and Congregation Beth Shalom in welcoming author Lucy Adlington to virtual author hour on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:00PM PT. Lucy will be discussing her book The Dressmakers of Auschwitz, A 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. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A 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 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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucy Adlington is a British novelist and historian with more than twenty years’ experience researching social history and writing fiction and non-fiction for YA and adult readers.

 

 

 


 

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The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063030930
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 14th, 2021

A 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 twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp—mainly Jewish women and girls—