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Martin Greenfield, A Holocaust Survivor Now Dresses Celebs

While washing and scrubbing one of the Nazi’s uniforms, I ripped the collar of the shirt

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Holocaust Survivor Becomes America’s Tailor
Holocaust Survivor Becomes America’s Tailor, VOA

But Greenfield did not arrive at his career in a usual way. He didn’t dream of growing up to sew clothes, or learn the business as an apprentice. Instead, Greenfield’s first encounter with a needle and thread happened when he was a prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. He was 15 years old.

​“While washing and scrubbing one of the Nazi’s uniforms, I ripped the collar of the shirt. The guard became angry and beat me with his baton. A nice man working in the laundry taught me how to sew a simple stitch,” says Greenfield.

The kapo having no more use for the shirt, Greenfield kept the shirt for himself.

“I eventually took the shirt and wore it all through the concentration camp, until I got to another camp (Buchenwald) and they made me take it off.”

Martin Greenfield
Martin Greenfield, VOA

For Greenfield, the shirt had much value.

“The day I first wore the shirt was the day I learned clothes possess power. Clothes don’t just ‘make the man,’ they can save the man. The kapos treated me a little better. Even some of the prisoners did the same. Wearing the shirt, the kapos didn’t mess with me and they thought I was somebody.”

Greenfield’s parents and siblings were also at the concentration camp. The family was forced by the Nazis to leave their small hometown of Pavlovo, Czechoslovakia. Once at the camp, Greenfield never saw his family again. His father, mother, sisters, brother, and grandparents were killed. His life was spared.

“My father said no matter what job they give you, you do it and you will always survive. And I did survive,” he says.

After World War II, Greenfield immigrated to the United States.

Martin Greenfield holding the suit he stitched
Martin Greenfield holding the suit he stitched, VOA

He landed a job at GGG Clothing Company as a “floor boy” – someone who ran errands and did odd jobs. But he worked his way up, and in 1977 he bought the company and give it his name: Martin Greenfield Clothiers.

Greenfield is 89 years old now. His two sons, Jay and Tod, along with more than 100 other people, work at his company. But Greenfield still comes to the shop every day and walks the floor, managing workflow production and paying close attention to detail. When asked about his success, Greenfield gives credit to the talent and hard work of his employees. He also notes the importance of a satisfied customer.

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“When I deliver a suit and they put it on and say, ‘My God, this is beautiful’, they know it is the quality we produce,” he says. “We satisfy our customers so they could come back again because we have the best suits ever!”  (VOA)

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Here’s How Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Impacts The World

Donald Trumps's approach to international issues has an impact on the world

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Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump. Wikimedia Commons

‘Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World’, a new book authored by international affairs academic and commentator Dr. Sreeram Chaulia was launched in the capital on Thursday. Published by Bloomsbury and I.B. Taurus, the book challenges liberal presumptions that America has done tremendous good in the world, and that it is bound to lead the world or else there would be chaos and collapse.

Chaulia is Professor and Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O.P. Jindal Global University. In his latest work, he argues that US President Donald Trump’s disruptive, populist and isolationist foreign policy has opened the door for rising powers in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa to replace the US and take over leadership of these regions.

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The American polity under Donald Trump is impacting the rest of the world. WIkimedia Commons

The book delves deep into Trump’s approach to international issues, his trademark foreign policy style, the divisions within his ‘two-track presidency’ and how the struggle between ‘nationalists’ and ‘globalists’ in the American polity is impacting the rest of the world.

It reviews how foreign policymakers in key rising power centres of the world are looking at America under Trump and adjusting their national security and economic strategies and also provides fresh thinking about the future of the international order by arguing that the solution to a withdrawing and isolationist US is not a return to a single global order but new ‘post-American’ regionally-based multiple orders

Speaking during the book launch at the United Service Institution (USI) in Delhi, Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation and former Deputy National Security Adviser of India, said that there was a need to develop an Indian narrative on global issues.

US President Donald Trump
Donald Trump has a different approach to international issues which affects the entire world. Wikimedia Commons

“Dr. Chaulia’s book gives us a very confident and bold assertions that countries like India can take advantage of the emerging world order. What will be the shape of this new multi-polar world?” he added.

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Following the release of the book, Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India to the United States (2009 to 2011), Dr. Harsh Pant, Professor, Kings College London, United Kingdom, Smita Sharma, Foreign Affairs Journalist and Editor and Marc Reyes, Fulbright Scholar and Researcher, participated in a panel discussion. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Mohan Kumar, Vice Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs and former Ambassador of India to France (2015-2017) (IANS)