The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Story of Holocaust Survival

August 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

Seven decades after the Holocaust, Allan Chernoff, along with his mother Rena Margulies Chernoff, published The Tailors of Tomaszow. It is an eyewitness narrative largely recounted by Chernoff’s mother and firsthand accounts from other Tomaszow World War II survivors.

Rena Margulies Chernoff is among the youngest survivors of the Holocaust and one of only four children from the Polish town of Tomaszow-Mazowiecki to survive. She lived through the destruction of Jewish Tomaszow, imprisonment in the slave labor camp of Blizyn and Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 11.

The Tailors of Tomaszow is a communal memoir and history of Holocaust survivors published by the Texas Tech University Press. Chernoff wrote the book  along with his mother over the course of several decades. “I wanted the history of the town, Tomaszow, to live on and I wanted people to learn so much about the details of what exactly happened before the war,” he said.

You can read an excerpt from the book below.


Reprinted with permission from The Tailors of Tomaszow: A Memoir of Polish Jews, published by Texas Tech University Press.