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Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor
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Sharon Orlopp (sharonorlopp) | 11 comments As we approach the celebration of U.S. Independence, it is a great opportunity to thank those who have served and our currently serving in the military. It is also a time to recognize immigrant entrepreneurs who have made a difference in America.

Martin Greenfield’s memoir, Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz to President’s Tailor, is an amazing story of survival in the Holocaust, immigration to the States, and then success as a tailor. At age fifteen, Martin and his family were sent to Auschwitz. At the concentration camp, Martin’s father told him, “We must separate. If you survive, you must honor us by living.”

The book starts with a description of the boots and clothing worn by Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi physician nicknamed the Angel of Death. It foreshadows the role clothing played in Martin’s life. The sign over the Auschwitz concentration camp said, “Work Makes You Free.” Martin concentrated on remaining as healthy as he could so that he could perform work and survive.

Martin’s descriptions of events at Auschwitz are horrific. He interjects humor and faith. He often asked, “Where is God?” while at the camp. Sometimes he would tell himself that God was really busy. When the war ended, Martin said that instead of manna, God dropped munitions.

Elie Wiesel was a teenager in the same camp as Martin. When the Holocaust ended, General Dwight D. Eisenhower had his troops personally tour the concentration camps, meet prisoners, and take pictures. After Martin immigrated to the US, he worked in a suit factory. A suit was being created for President Eisenhower during the same time as the Suez Canal Crisis. Martin wrote a note to the President expressing his opinion on what Eisenhower should do regarding the Suez Canal Crisis and tucked it into a pocket before the suit was delivered. Martin wanted to make sure that his “little guy’s” voice was heard.

Martin is extremely grateful that America is a nation of infinite possibilities. He rose from sweeping the floors of a suit company to founding a premier suit company. He and his sons have dressed Presidents Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. They have also dressed celebrities and athletes.

Martin’s memoir is a reminder that anything is possible if you apply yourself, dream big, and work hard.

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Laura | 2 comments Sharon wrote: "As we approach the celebration of U.S. Independence, it is a great opportunity to thank those who have served and our currently serving in the military. It is also a time to recognize immigrant ent..."

Great point about celebrating immigrant entrepreneurs. Sounds like a good book!


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