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He's been called "America's greatest living tailor" and "the most interesting man in the world." Now, for the first time, Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield tells his whole, incredible life story.

Taken from his Czechoslovakian home at age 15 and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with his family, Greenfield came face-to-face with "Angel of Death" Dr. Joseph Mengele and was divided forever from his parents, sisters, and baby brother. In haunting, powerful prose, Greenfield remembers his desperation and fear as a teenager alone in the death camp - and how an impulsive decision to steal an SS soldier's shirt dramatically altered the course of his life. He learned how to sew, and when he began wearing the shirt under his prisoner uniform, he learned that clothes possess great power and could even help save his life.

Measure of a Man is the story of a man who suffered unimaginable horror and emerged with a dream of success. From sweeping floors at a New York clothing factory to founding America's premier handmade suit company, Greenfield built a fashion empire. Now 86 years old and working with his sons, Greenfield has dressed the famous and powerful of Washington, DC and Hollywood, including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and celebrities Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo Di Caprio, and Jimmy Fallon.

Written with soul-baring honesty and, at times, a wry sense of humor, Measure of a Man is a memoir unlike any other - one that will inspire hope and renew faith in the resilience of man.

©2014 Martin Greenfield (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dr. Bill- Northern NJ-USA
  • 03/05/2021

Destined to Survive Auschwitz and His Demons

The Lord above allowed him to survive the Nazi atrocities- he followed his father’s advice (at Auschwitz) to make everyone proud- in 2021 he is 92 years old- he has been carrying the grief of his family for over 76 years- that is his greatest achievement- none of us can ever imagine the demons that exist when he is alone

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  • Generale
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  • dcn8v
  • 28/11/2014

Amazing life story, Yes Please!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The first half of this book was simply unbelievable and totally gripping. The author lived through concentration camps by his wits and sheer luck, and generously shares his story with the reader. The second half of the book I'd file under "celebrity gossip," but every once in a while I did stop to marvel at how far he went with his willingness to work hard and aim for perfection.

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  • David Haynes
  • 17/10/2020

Overcoming Unimaginable Adversity

I received this work for free as part of the Audible Plus Catalog.

Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor is an autobiography and a biography written by Martin Greenfield and Wynton Hall respectively. Martin Greenfield is a man who persevered through the most horrible circumstances imaginable and went on to live a prosperous, bountiful life. Stefan Rudnicki provides fitting and effective narration. This is a profound work that should be experienced.

Measure of a Man opens with 15-years-old Martin (formerly Maximillian) absorbing the terrible sights and sounds of Auschwitz, which was a German concentration camp that operated during WWII. Martin and his family were torn from their home in Pavlova, Czechoslovakia, where he was born and raised. The family was separated into various camps. Martin's resourcefulness and propensity for hard work helped him survive the worst circumstances imaginable. His camp was liberated by the Americans in 1945. Although the new-found freedom was daunting, Martin was determined to live a full, fruitful life, despite the emotional wounds that assailed him. He moved to America, where he pursued a career in tailoring. This led to his interaction with some of the world's premier actors, politicians and businessmen. Circumstances do not define the course of your life, and Martin's success proves that.

Martin Greenfield and Wynton Hall write an emotionally impactful work that sheds light on the human ability to adapt and overcome. Portions of the work that are set during WWII do not present an overwhelmingly depressing tone. Rather, events are shared in a matter-of-fact way that shows Martin's emotional detachment from the unfolding atrocities, which was likely a necessary mindset for survival. The pacing in these chapters is slow, which reflects that endless nature of imprisonment that was likely felt by the prisoners. In subsequent chapters, it is clear that Martin felt blessed to overcome such adversity, and the pacing is quickened. The writers do a great job conveying his physical, emotional and societal escalation from an overwhelming nightmare to the peak of success. At its core, this is an encouraging work that teaches the value of perseverance, fortitude and diligence.

Stefan Rudnicki's narrative skill expertly matches the emotional highs and lows felt throughout the work. His accents and inflections coincide with the atmosphere and tone that the writers deliver. He provides clear pronunciation and a smooth flow that extends throughout the short, six hour and five minute duration. His contributions add a level of believability to the work that's lost in paper form.

At its heart, Measure of a Man is the story of an individual who looked past his circumstances and dreamed of a better life. Martin was willing to fight for his freedom and work hard to achieve his dreams. His story is encouraging and uplifting, and the writers do a great job delivering that empowerment to the reader. Rudnicki's superb narration helps elevate the immersion and emotional impactfulness even further. This book should be heard by anyone interested in biographies, historical works and self-development books.

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  • Michael
  • 19/07/2018

Strange transition

I found the book very annoying for most of the second half. After describing his horrific experiences in the Holocaust, it became the most mundane litany of name dropping.

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  • Generale
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  • Ethel M. Stewart
  • 01/06/2022

A True Survivor

There are so many good things I could say about this book. The one major take away for me is the fact that here is a man that could have spent his entire life angry and bitter but he didn't. He honored his father and made something good from what was horrific.

I will never again complain about anything. This man is grateful, kind, loving, and giving. He turned ashes into achievement. He went from being a victimto being victorious, bitternessto betterment.

  • Generale
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  • Kelli McDonald
  • 01/06/2022

EXCELLENT!

The performance was impeccable; giving one the sense of being there at all times. Martin’s writing is unsurpassed. He writes writes with such passion & intellect. I especially appreciate how he advises to give purpose to grief, thus making the grief useful.
Such a memorable memoir. Thank you for your courage.

  • Generale
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  • Marlene
  • 14/02/2022

Lemons turn into lemonade

Well this is a story of success love and temperament. Martin had family, loss but also hope and drive. Good for him. He lived
to tell the tale.

  • Generale
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  • Mickey
  • 26/01/2022

The best of my entire library!

I listened to this book while I was working out. As I was tired or about to quit, I thought of Martin and the pain he suffered along with so many others. His story is remarkable and relatively uncommon with today’s spoiled brats. From a Nazi death camp to one of the world’s foremost and well-known tailors is extraordinary. His hobbies, his friends, his legendary and funny tales make this book at the top of my entire library!

  • Generale
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/01/2022

Lifespan tale

I was surprised to hear an inclusion of this person's entire life, and not just the years impacted by war experiences. It was a welcome rendition, to see how the author's resilience contributed to his lifetime success.

  • Generale
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  • Utente anonimo
  • 05/01/2022

Very good read

More than anything this book made me love my country even more!!!! And remind me no matter what the circumstances of life … this is a place where dreams come true ….This book was very heart touching !!!

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  • Janet Jones
  • 07/02/2020

Awesome listen.

A very moving gripping story of a young boy beating the odds against the nazis and winning, by living a full and happy life with his wife, children and grandchildren plus making a name for himself in America. This story reduced me to tears in parts and made me laugh out loud as well. The narrator was extremely good.

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  • #earlyeditor🤓📚
  • 26/08/2021

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Interesting Memoir of a man with steal and Faith who achieved success even after living in Auschwitz andhis entire family was murdered by Nazis.

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  • Mrs Jackie Commissar
  • 25/06/2022

Wonderful story of heartache and happiness

The narrator was amazing and it was uplifting to hear how through such atrocities Martin showed the Nazis what the Jewish people are made of!

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  • Linda T
  • 28/04/2022

Martin

What a wonderful story. A man who survives the hellhole of the war and got to the USA and is thankful for everything they gave him. So glad he done so well for himself.. if anyone deserves it it’s him.

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  • Sigrin
  • 14/04/2022

What a man.


What a journey Martin has been on.
His time in Auschwitz rather than destroy him has cemented his need to succeed for his father.

I love how allegiance to the Americans who liberated him from the camp and to the country that gave him a chance.

His faith and utter determination to succeed agents the odds is truly enlightening

Beautifully read by Stefan Rudnicki

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  • Angela Banks
  • 08/04/2022

A very emotive book

Fascinating insight from the horrors of the holocaust to taking risks and making good! Excellent

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  • Pooh Sticks
  • 27/01/2022

Wonderful!

Desperately sad in parts, but what a fighter he was. Truly amazing read. Wonderful book

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  • IMKE HALPERN
  • 16/01/2022

A drop of Healing

Fascinating life story! With the question ,the young lad asked
'where was God' ,answered !

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  • Jana Mazjane
  • 07/08/2015

Started listening and could not stop

A very inspiring story of a man who built a life of a respectable man inspite all the cruelties he lived through. An interesting plot, a pleasant voice and a perfect length of a book. A great read