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

View Comments

Slideshow Library

Explore the collection of slideshows and discover inspirational quotes, beautiful photos, and powerful stories of hope.

God's Voice: Where, When and How We Hear It

Light in the shape of a cross appears on the side of a house

Inspiring, Illuminated Miracles

A beautiful meadow in Big Sur, California.

Finding Spirituality in Big Sur

Guideposts: Journalist Edith Rosenbaum Russell

Survivors of the Titanic: Edith Rosenbaum Russell and Her Mechanical Pig