By Adlington, Lucy
At the height of the extermination process in Auschwitz-Birkenau, 23 young female prisoners were saved from the gas chambers to design, sew and cut beautiful clothes for the Nazis. The SS guards and officers' wives patronised a fashion workshop established by Hedwig Hoss, the Com...mandant's wife, within the infamous concentration camp complex. In this workshop - known as the Upper Tailoring Studio - high-quality garments taken from the suitcases of murdered deportees were fitted for their new owners. This skilled work was carried out by prisoners - all women or teenage girls, many of them Jewish - who wielded needles to survive the gas chambers. Until recently, relatively little has been known about these 23 seamstresses. The Dressmakers of Auschwitz tells their extraordinary life stories, drawing on previously unpublished testimonies and photographs, including an exclusive interview with the only living survivor.Read more
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Lucy Adlington is a British dress historian with more than twenty years' experience researching social history. Adlington runs History Wardrobe, a company which presents costume-in-context talks across the UK. Her non-fiction publications include: Women's Lives and Clothes in WWII: Ready for Action and Stitches in Time - the Story of the Clothes we Wear. Lucy Adlington lives on a farm in Yorkshire.
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