• The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

  • The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive
  • By: Lucy Adlington
  • Narrated by: Lucy Adlington
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (403 ratings)

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By: Lucy Adlington
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A powerful chronicle of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop created within one of the most notorious WWII death camps. 

At the height of the Holocaust, 25 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.

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©2021 Lucy Adlington (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
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Not what I expected given description and preview

I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I expected a new window into the strange and multifaceted world of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Instead, the book is an Eastern-block-focused retelling of the Holocaust with relatively unidimensional characters and uninspired reading. I was bored and waiting for the story to start for nearly the whole book. While I appreciate the research put into this narrative, I found it lacking any true heart (other than the author's note).

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Engaging and thorough, well researched

This book is a must-read for any history fan, especially those who enjoy WWII history. The story dives deep into the lives of several Auschwitz survivors' experiences. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and sad. Few books have been both researched so well and presented with such engaging narration. The author has narrated her own book, and uses a conversational tone that holds your interest better than most. She speaks with reverence of the women's experiences, and both the written and verbal narration has more energy than some texts that are merely recitations of facts. There is an obvious passion for the topic and admiration for the survivors that comes through in every aspect of the audiobook. I highly recommend it.

Do be wary of listening to this around young children, however. The author may use tasteful language to do so, but she doesn't sugar coat the severity of the atrocities, brutalities, and indignities endured by the survivors. For those sensitive to graphic topics, you may want to take breaks from this as the content is unavoidably intense, given the topic of the book. I don't fault the book in any way for including this, as it is included to provide the full scope of these women's experiences at Auschwitz. I am glad someone was able to tell their stories.

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Worst book I have listened to

Who takes half the book to describe-develop characters? Lucy Adlington! Kept waiting for the real story line to begin. It never did and I turned it in after 6 chapters. As far as performance the author was penny wise and pound foolish. She should have employed a narrator. Some of her pronunciations drove me nuts! If you have read other books on the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people as they are rounded up for the camps, you do not need this one.

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A Must Read

This book is a Must!!! It gave me a totally different picture of the horrors of Auschwitz. It’s a story of survival against terrible odds. I had never heard of the Tailoring Studio. I highly recommend this true story. #neverforget

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So good!

I would recommend this book to everyone, definitely worth the time! I love the way it was written, the way the story is told fantastic work.

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There are no words

The sadness in these experiences will never be forgotten. There are satanic humans ready at any time to hurt others with no cause. This should never be forgotten for we must stay alert.

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an amazingly well written yet difficult book

this was an amazingly well written, extremely informative yet difficult to read book. she holds nothing back when she describes the atrocities that happened and the suffering involved. I'm so grateful she took the time to do so as I don't think I will ever be the same, in such a good way!

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wow!

Amazing story. The real and true accounts of what went on and the strength of the survivors was awesome. People need to know this
info so history doesn't repeat

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Like a history textbook.

There is a real story here but facts kept spewing out of reader’s mouth. I had to end book as it was putting me to sleep. It was a horrible time but I wanted to learn the personal story of a few folks not just facts facts facts.

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Bored

I had to stop listening as it was boring to me. I couldn't keep my mind on it. I know the story is true, however it's not a story and the narrator was very monotone...

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