Like many brides to be, Holocaust survivor Lili Lax dreamed of getting married in a white wedding dress. But it was 1945. She and her future husband, Ludwig Frydman, had met and were living in a displaced persons camp in Celle, Germany. Both had miraculously survived multiple concentration camps, while most of Lili’s family and all of Ludwig’s had perished during the Holocaust.
As the couple began rebuilding their lives together, they had little money
and goods were scarce. Nonetheless, Ludwig wanted to help make Lili’s dream
come true. So, he traded coffee and cigarettes to a former German airman for a
white rayon parachute. And Lili traded her cigarette ration to have it
transformed into a beautiful gown.