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Tailor to Presidents and Celebrities Recalls Auschwitz

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 04:51 PM

Martin Greenfield has been a longtime tailor to presidents and movie stars, starting with Dwight Eisenhower and Paul Newman, but his memories stretch much farther back: all the way to Auschwitz.

Greenfield, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a Holocaust survivor whose fashion sense and talent with a needle and thread have made him one of the most sought-after clothiers in the world.

He is now the author of a new memoir, "Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to President's Tailor," written with Wynton Hall and published by Regnery.

Greenfield, now, 86, was just 14 when he, his mother, father, two sisters and brother were shipped to the notorious Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

"The last time my father sat me down in Auschwitz when we were there together, he said to me, you and I will survive, but you and I cannot survive together, we suffer for each other," Greenfield said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"I educated you to be disciplined. You've got to follow every step and every day think survive, survive, survive, but if you survive and I don't survive, this is what I want you to do.

"Do not honor us by crying, honor us by living and carrying on the future, and I'm telling you every day of your life you should go on living. You could think about us, but you honor us by becoming somebody and continue your life in our honor with God's help."

Greenfield did, despite the horrifying atrocities of the Nazis.

"I was beaten, I was skinned, I was put in different jobs. They put me in a tailor shop. I couldn't sew."

Greenfield was then shipped to the Buchenwald concentration camp, which was liberated in April 1945. He later learned his entire family had been killed.

He moved to New York, lived with an aunt, and joined a clothing company as a clerk. He went on to become a talented tailor, scoring General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was running for president, as his first big client.

He has since suited every U.S. president, as well as such notables as former Gen. Colin Powell, New York Catholic Cardinal Edward Egan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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