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Book Launch: The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

November 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm SAST

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The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young Jewish inmates of Auschwitz-Birkenau were selected to create beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon established by the camp commandant’s wife. Historian Lucy Adlington has researched their lives and fates to write a powerful chronicle – The Dressmakers of Auschwitz. This virtual presentation, drawn from eyewitness interviews and original garments from the era, is a remarkable tale of resilience, camaraderie and dressmaking in the most extreme circumstances.

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.


November 29, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm SAST


Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre & the Jacob Gitlin Library
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