Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Measure Of A Man"

He's been called "America's greatest living tailor" and "the most interesting man in the world." Now, for the first time, Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield tells his incredible life story. Taken from his Czechoslovakian home at age fifteen and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with his family, Greenfield came face to face with "Angel of Death" Dr. Joseph Mengele and was divided forever from his parents, sisters, and baby brother.

In haunting, powerful prose, Greenfield remembers his desperation and fear as a teenager alone in the death camp—and how an SS soldier's shirt dramatically altered the course of his life. He learned how to sew; and when he began wearing the shirt under his prisoner uniform, he learned that clothes possess great power and could even help save his life.

Measure of a Man is the story of a man who suffered unimaginable horror and emerged with a dream of success. From sweeping floors at a New York clothing factory to founding America’s premier custom suit company, Greenfield built a fashion empire. Now 86 years old and working with his sons, Greenfield has dressed the famous and powerful of D.C. and Hollywood, including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, celebrities Paul Newman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jimmy Fallon, and the stars of Martin Scorsese's films.

Written with soul-baring honesty and, at times, a wry sense of humor, Measure of a Man is a memoir unlike any other—one that will inspire hope and renew faith in the resilience of man.

My Thoughts...

Since today,, January 27, 1945 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I decided to read this memoir by Martin Greenfield. Below is a short write-up about him and the Anniversary.

I personally found this book interesting. His personal account of the terror of Auschwitz and Buchenwald were heartrending. But he never gave up hope, and went on to become one of America's most successful tailors. I found his memoir an enjoyable read following his life from a young 15 year old boy until his present life now at 86 years young. The story flowed along nicely and was a quick read. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'survivor' stars.

This book is part of my Kindle library.

Auschwitz Survivor Reflects on Anniversary
Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army marched into the infamous death camp and freed the surviving men, women, and children still imprisoned there. The Nazis had known for weeks that the Soviets were marching toward Auschwitz and so had already evacuated most of the Auschwitz prisoners to other nearby camps in a long, tortuous death march.  

Young Martin Greenfield was one of the Auschwitz prisoners evacuated in that death march. When the Soviets liberated Auschwitz, Greenfield remained a prisoner at the nearby Buchenwald, where he would remain until the U.S. army marched in on April 4, 1945. Sixteen-year-old Greenfield was among the first Holocaust survivors to be liberated by American forces.Greenfield, now a celebrated tailor in Brooklyn and author of the stunning new memoir Measure of a Man, commemorated the anniversary of the liberation today in a column on Fox News. "The word Holocaust means 'sacrifice by fire,'" Greenfield wrote. "May the memory of the millions who were engulfed in the flames like my family never be forgotten."


  1. Hi Gigi Ann. What a fitting post for the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Enjoy the memoir.
    Just a note, I am slowly getting back to blogging. I've missed blogland :) Hope you are well!

  2. This memoir sounds fascinating, Gigi Ann. Your post is a suitable way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.