The Dressmakers of Auschwitz (2021) by Lucy Adlington, is the fascinating story of female inmates (most Jewish, some not) interred in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp systems who sewed to survive. Their story – which I believe is unknown to many – is incredible and revealing, as well as painfully horrible and hopefully inspiring.
As dressmakers, menders and sewers before the war, these inmates were chosen for slave labor in the little-known Upper Tailoring Studio, located in Auschwitz. The wait list for SS wives to have their orders filled was up to six months long, given the popularity of the luxurious garments crafted in this studio, at the Gates of Hell.
Their story will amaze you, inspire you and enlighten you.
The Dressmakers of Auschwitz is a fascinating read for anyone interested in learning more about this darkest time in our national history.