Sunday, Nov 07, 2021 3:00 PM
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Zoom
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta welcomes historian and author Lucy Adlington for a discussion of her book, “The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive,” on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 3 PM (EST). Adlington will appear in conversation with Adina Jocelyn Langer, Curator of Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University.
This program is presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets options are as follows:
-Admit one - Free (does not include a copy of the book); or
-Admit one for $24 (includes a paperback copy of “The Dressmakers of Auschwitz.” Price covers shipping.) All books will be shipped after the event.
About the Book
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 an author, presenter, and keen collector of vintage & antique costume. She writes both history-inspired fiction and fascinating social history books. She lives on a working farm in the north of England, with a patient farmer and a cat the size of a small armchair.