The Eight Dresses That Brought a Holocaust Victim’s Story to Life

The talents of a Jewish dressmaker were nearly erased by the Nazis, until an unexpected discovery…

Burton Strnad was cleaning out his parents’ Wisconsin home when he found a letter, sent from Prague in 1939 and stamped with a Nazi swastika. Inside was a desperate plea for help from his father’s cousin, Paul, and eight watercolor sketches—dresses designed by Paul’s wife.

It would take 10 years to unravel the truth of what happened to Paul and the talented dressmaker, a story we featured in the October/November 2016 issue of Mysterious Ways magazine—a mystery that inspired the creation of the dresses for the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s Stitching History from the Holocaust exhibit.Diana Aydin

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