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Growing up, Seren (Sara) Tuvel was the smartest, most ambitious girl in her Romanian mountain village. When she won and accepted a scholarship to a Gentiles-only gymnasium, she was forced to make a decision that would change her path forever. At thirteen, faced with a teacher’s antisemitism, Seren walked out of her classroom and into a new existence. She became the apprentice to a seamstress, and her skill with needle and thread enabled her again and again to patch the fraying pieces of her life. As the Nazis encircled the country and bombs rained down, Seren stitched her way to survival, scraping together enough money to provide for her family. When she, her younger sister Esther, and two friends were sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany, the four girls became one another’s shelter.

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. A story of tragedy told in raw, powerful language, it is also a dramatic tale of courage, intimate friendship, romance, and startling good fortune that will have listeners cheering.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engrossing history lesson as well as an important archive.”

    Faye Kellerman, New York Times bestselling author of Moon Music

  • “Well-told…deserves a prominent place in the archive of Holocaust survival stories.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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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    " One of the best Holocaust memoirs I've read. "

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About the Author

Sara Tuvel Bernstein was born in Romania, became an expert seamstress, and survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp. After liberation, she married another Holocaust survivor and emigrated to Canada.