The Seamstress

The Seamstress

A Memoir of Survival

Book - 1997
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The heroic memoir of a young woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuval Bernstein, born in the mountains of Romania to a large, boisterous Jewish family. She was by nature feisty, with a ferocious intelligence and an unquenchable drive.At the age of fourteen Seren angrily walked out of Gentile-run school in Budapest and apprenticed as a seamstress, determined to control her destiny. In prewar Hungary, as the Nazis encircled the country, and bombs rained down on them, Seren became her family's provider. When she was deported to Ravensbruck, it was with her beloved younger sister Esther and two close friends. By establishing a series of inviolate rules, Seren guided and cajoled, and managed to bring the four of them through the horrors of life in a concentration camp.The Seamstress is a dramatic tale of courage, intimate friendship, romance, and startlingly good fortune that will have readers cheering.Ultimately, Seren survived; she married a fellow survivor -- a tailor. They had two children, and came to the United States, where Sarah Tuval Bernstein built up a successful business -- as a seamstress.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1997.
ISBN: 9780399143229
Characteristics: 353 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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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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