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  • Martin Greenfield, Tailor To Presidents And Celebrities, Recalls His Horrifying Time In Auschwitz

    Martin Greenfeild’s memoir Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor is without a doubt a must read for all ages.

    It tells the story that has been 86 years in the making. Martin Greenfield has been tailor to presidents and movie stars since the 1950s. Mr. Greenfield’s first presidential and celebrity suites were designed for President Dwight Eisenhower and actor Paul Newman.

    But before Martin Greenfield was slipping Eisenhower advice in his presidential suit pocket, he was fighting for his life inside one of the worse Nazi concentration camps ever erected: Auschwitz.

    “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.

    Mr. Greenfield was just 14-years-old when he, his mother, father, two sisters, and his brother were kidnapped from their home and sent to Auschwitz. Mr. Greenfield’s father supplied him with wise words that he says saved his life.

    “I educated you to be disciplined,” Martin Greenfield’s father said to him. “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.”

    And that’s exactly what Martin Greenfield did.

    “I was beaten, I was skinned, I was put in different jobs. They put me in a tailor shop. I couldn’t sew,” Greenfield says about his time in the Nazi death camps.

    Greenfield was later freed from Buchenwald concentration camp by the American military in April 1945. After coming to America, he learned that his entire family had been burned by Nazi incinerators.

    Greenfield moved in with his aunt in New York City and landed a job at a local clothing company.

    Today Martin Greenfield is the owner and operator of Martin greenfield Clothiers, a Brooklyn-based boutique clothing factory that has tailored suits for presidents and Hollywood stars for more than 50 years.

    Mr. Greenfield has been hailed “America’s greatest living tailor” and the “most interesting man in the world.”

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    Get your copy of Measure Of A Man here today.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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