Monday, September 13, 2021

Watch Live Program | Common Threads: Holocaust Survivors Who Built Fashion Careers


Berlin boasted a thriving, largely Jewish-owned fashion district that sought to rival Paris in the 1920s and 1930s—before it was destroyed by the Nazis.

Leading Jewish designer and trendsetter Norbert Jutschenka owned a successful business there until the Nazis forced him to sell his company for a fraction of its value. After surviving the war in Budapest, Judith Leiber designed crystal-studded handbags in New York that celebrities and First Ladies have carried.

On the heels of New York Fashion Week, request a reminder to join us to explore what was lost in the fall of a once-rising fashion capital, and how working in the clothing industry helped some survivors build new lives.


Tuesday, September 14
9:30 a.m. ET

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Facebook page



Kyra Schuster, Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Uwe Westphal, Journalist and Author, Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836–1939: The Story of the Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry

Dr. Edna Friedberg
, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Photo: Staff at the Jewish-owned Leopold Seligman company in Hausvogteiplatz, Berlin, 1933. Archive Westphal


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