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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Biography and Memoir, 2013

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. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

©1999 Sara Tuvel Bernstein (P)2011 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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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Over coming loss

I wanted to know about the holocaust
I wanted to hear the voices of the survivors.
I don't intend to forget

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survivor's accounting of holocaust

narrator had just enough accent to require attention. well written , not overly emotional considering the subject . endurance and courage above all hope

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Difficult, but so important

I have read many books about the Holocaust, seen many films, and have visited the camps in Poland but this book has made an indelible impression at a very deep emotional level. Sara's memoir is the most comprehensive and complete story that I've ever read and encourage its reading to whomever has the desire to understand how it really was.

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Another gripping account . . . .

This is not the first book I have read/listened to describing the horrors of the holocaust. It always amazes me to see how determined the victims were to survive such unimaginable, deplorable conditions. Although the story started out slowly, it became more and more intense the further you got into the book.. I thank the author for sharing all these events. Reliving them in a memoir could not have been an easy task..

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  • Tracey
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 02-02-16

Very engrossing...rare 5 star rating for me

The true story of a Holocaust survivor is told in such a way that you really do want to hear more. It isn't just a series of gruesome details, though there are some of those. Rather, it is a story of a young girl whose life was interrupted by 4 years of horror, yet she was strong and lively...and even somehow happy.

Although the writer vividly describes the bad, she equally tells of the beauty of family, love and spirit. Be sure to stick around for the epilogue. It's also very interesting.

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Consuming

If you could sum up The Seamstress in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, educational, emotional

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

Warm family scenesBrutality of her guardsDefying all odds to survive

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

One of the best I've heardAccent was engaging, endearing and believable Strength in her performance perfectly portrayed her character

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Risking her life in the Raven-brook kitchen, at the spur of the moment, stealing potatoes for others

Any additional comments?

No other audible book has so moved and impacted me personally. Painful to listen to at times but gave me a new awareness of the barbaric conditions innocents endured at the hands of the Nazis.

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  • Connie
  • DURHAM, NC, United States
  • 08-25-15

Wow!

You must read this. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

I'm interested in WWII books with a human interest angle, like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. While Ms. Hannah's was historical fiction, The Seamstress was non-fiction. Seren (Sarah) Tuvel was taken prisoner by the Germans during the Holocaust. It is a powerful story that everyone should read.

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Exceptional and gripping

A beautifully written and mesmerizing account of an exceptionally brave and determined woman who refused to accept defeat amidst incomprehensible treatment, circumstance, and death.

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Loved it.

With so many books written on the subject, it is nice to actually read one that has some pre-World War II background to it. While historically significant it is also a great human story well worth the read

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Wonderful listen!

Very well written. Incredible, inspiring woman. Eye opening to a portal of history from someone who lived it.