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“The Dressmakers of Auschwitz” Featuring Lucy Adlington
August 11, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
“The Dressmakers of Auschwitz” Featuring Lucy Adlington Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 pm Virtual program via our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheFHM
“The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive” powerfully chronicles the stories of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes in an extraordinary fashion workshop within the Auschwitz concentration camp. At the height of the Holocaust, 25 young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death 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.