Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor by Martin Greenfield & Wynton Hall
At the age of 14, Martin Greenfield was uprooted from an idyllic Czechoslovakian childhood and deported to Auschwitz, where the notorious Doctor Mengele separated him from his family. One of his first memories from the death camp was Mengele’s shiny black boots.
After being separated from his parents, grandparents, sisters, and brother, never to see them again, he was assigned to laundry duty, which turned out to be a fateful task. When he accidentally tore the collar of a guard’s shirt while cleaning it, a fellow inmate taught him to mend it with a needle and thread. He was beaten nonetheless, but the training itself was worthwhile.