The Seamstress

The Seamstress

by Sara Tuval Bernstein


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"From its opening pages, in which she recounts her own premature birth, triggered by terrifying rumors of an incipient pogrom, Bernstein' s tale is clearly not a typical memoir of the Holocaust. She was born into a large family in rural Romania...and grew up feisty and willing to fight back physically against anti-Semitism from other schoolchildren. She defied her father' s orders to turn down a scholarship that took her to Bucharest, and got herself expelled from that school when she responded to a priest/teacher's vicious diatribe against the Jews by hurling a bottle of ink at him...After a series of incidents that ranged from dramatic escapes to a year in a forced labor detachment, Sara ended up in Ravensbruck, a women' s concentration camp, and managed to survive...she tells this story with style and power." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425166307
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/1999
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 193,569
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sara Tuval Bernstein was born in Romania and attended school in Bucharest before being expelled after speaking out against anti-Semitism. She was liberated from the concentration camp Bergau by the Red Cross and then volunteered to teach sewing to fellow displaced women. She is known for her memoir The Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival. 

Table of Contents

Introduction by Edgar M. Bronfman
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Afterword by Marlene Bernstein Samuels


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"There are many recent accounts of Holocaust victims, but this work stands alone as a testimony to personal strength and an independent spirit." —-Library Journal

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