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Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor Hardcover – November 10, 2014
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"It's a remarkable book."
Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin
"I dare you to read Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield's story and not burst into tears. [...] Every once in a while a book is written that you'll never forget, and leaves you telling all your family and friends about. Martin Greenfield's Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor is one of those books."
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Measure of a Man is Greenfield's story. More than an unforgettable account of survival and triumph, it's the testimony of a man who came of age amid the darkest evil in modern history but never lost hope.
The Nazis came for the Jews in Greenfield's Carpathian village in 1944. Separated from his parents and siblings as soon as they arrived at Auschwitz, Martin was the only one of his family to survive the Holocaust. "Where was God?" he asked the rabbi who arrived with Eisenhower's liberating army a year
later at Buchenwald.
Greenfield arrived in America in 1947, nineteen years old and penniless. He went to work as a floor boy at a Brooklyn clothing factory and quickly became a virtuoso tailor, making suits for the president and the biggest names in Hollywood. Within thirty years he owned the firm.
His insistence on the highest standards, his humility, and his humor have made Martin Greenfield the clothierand inevitably the friendof many of the greatest legends of American politics, entertainment, and sports. He has passed foreign policy advice to Eisenhower on notes tucked into his suit pockets, encouraged a disillusioned Paul Newman on the brink of abandoning his acting career, and coaxed both Bill Clinton and Carmelo Anthony into tails.
Throughout his long and improbable career, Greenfield has never lost his sense of gratitude for the country that plucked him out of hell and enabled him to build a new home and family. "America is dreams," he writes. "In Yiddish, we have a proverb'Heaven and hell can both be had in this world.' But America is the only place I know that lets you turn your hell into a heaven. It did for me."
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Top Customer Reviews
We've heard the Auschwitz story before, but it bears repeating. The young boy was witness to astonishing acts of human cruelty. He witnesses a friend being used as target practice. Martin's father was a wise man who realized that in order for his son to survive, he and his son must be separated. Thus, early on, his father claimed Martin was a skilled mechanic.
Like the other prisoners in Auschwitz, Martin was given a tattoo. In his case "A4406." For some reason, the young man was sent to the camp laundry. There, he learned a little bit about sewing and the power of appearance. Martin had torn a Nazi shirt whilst cleaning it, and after being bloodied by the guard for his error, Martin decided to wear the shirt under his prisoner garb. "The day I wore that first shirt was the day I learned clothes possess power. Clothes don't just make the man, they can save the man. They did for me."
Ironically, the hellhole of Auschwitz became his tailoring training ground--but hardly his first choice: "Of course, receiving your first tailoring lesson inside a Nazi concentration camp was hardly the ideal apprenticeship. I would have much preferred to learn my craft on Savile Row."
In January of 1945, the Jewish prisoners were forced to march on the infamous "death march." Only 500 prisoners survived. Martin recalls that he was forced to carry a heavy backpack of one of the German soldiers.Read more ›
Martin Greenfield--May God Bless you.
While in the camps, "I'd never felt so alone. I wondered where God was, where He'd been these last nine months... I wasn't having a crisis of faith. I was a child. I didn't think grand, deep thoughts. All I knew was that I wanted to feel close to God, to know that He hadn't forgotten me and still loved me. 'Maybe God's just been really busy,' I remember thinking. 'Soon maybe He will remember me.'" (pp. 38-39) Although the book doesn't develop the author's personal theology, clearly he never drifted into agnosticism or atheism. In fact, he finally celebrated his long-delayed Bar Mitzvah on his eightieth birthday and "felt God's presence and peace." (p. 218)
The following seem worth noting:
"I will go to my grave believing that the many who lived in and around the camps knew what Hitler and his henchman were up to. How could they not?" (p. 55)
"I found it hard to talk about what we went through.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must-read for everyone: fascinating story of the Holocaust survivor, full of life, joy, love to life and at the same time such personal and tough descriptions of the war time and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an awesome testimony to the power of perseverance when all is bad. The horrors of Nazi Germany as a holocaust victim could have made Martin very bitter. Read morePublished 17 days ago by One Wendol
And interesting and informative quick read. Martin Greenfield indured the worst of horrors and persevered to become an American success story. And inspirational story .Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I got the book quickly and read it in a day. GREAT READ!!!!!Published 22 days ago by Sandy Pochobradsky
This is a great story! If you love hearing true stories, This is light hearted and an easy fun read.Published 1 month ago by AquaBump
Mr. Greenfield is an amazing man, worthy of admiration. The book is really two sections- his experiences in the Holocaust, and then his career as a tailor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea Smith
A beautiful book about a beautiful person, iloved every pagePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer