The Seamstress

The Seamstress

A Memoir of Survival

Book - 1997
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Growing up, Sara (Seren) Tuvel was the smartest, most ambitious girl in her Romanian mountain village. When she won and accepted a scholarship to a Gentiles-only Gymnasium, she was forced to make a decision that would change her path forever. At thirteen, faced with a teacher's anti-Semitism, Seren walked out of her classroom and into a new existence. She became the apprentice to a seamstress, and her skill with needle and thread enabled her again and again to patch the fraying pieces of her life. As the Nazis encircled the country and bombs rained down, Seren stitched her way to survival, scraping together enough money to provide for her family. When she, her younger sister Esther, and two friends were sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany, the four girls became one another's shelter.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1997
ISBN: 9780399143229
Branch Call Number: History 940.5318 Ber
Additional Contributors: Bronfman, Edgar M. 1929-


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Jun 12, 2017

A good and slightly different from the norm, holocaust story. Saran Tuval was an independent and feisty (for the time) Romanian girl who left home at 13 first to attend school and then to become a seamstress. When the war came she was sent to Ravensbruck, an all-women's labor camp for Jews and political prisoners. In telling about the camp, she does not dwell on the horrible things that happened. It's more about how she and her sister and friends worked hard to endure the conditions. "It's not so easy to die" says Saran. For her, it was never an option.

Apr 19, 2017

This is an amazing story of survival. I read this years ago and still remember one of the last scenes vividly.

Apr 18, 2017

It has been a while since I read this but remember thinking its amazing. An outstanding book.

jenniestuartlovejesus Jun 04, 2015

This is a beautifully told and dramatic story of survival!


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