If you've gone from scrubbing the guards' uniforms at Auschwitz to making suits for the President of the United States of America, nobody would argue with the fact that you win at life. That's exactly the arc of the Martin Greenfield's biography. The New York-based tailor has had a hell of a ride since spending primary school years in the Czech Republic and high school years in concentration camps. Now, Greenfield makes suits for everyone from famous athletes to U.S. Presidents.
The Washington Post just published a creatively written profile of Greenfield and his factory of fine menswear. The long list of powerful Americans for whom Greenfield has made suits is impressive enough, but the path that the immigrant took from stepping off a boat in New York City to selling suits to the president is the most fascinating part. It really starts when Greenfield was in the concentration camps. Greenfield survived both Auschwitz, where he washed the guards' clothes, and Buchenwald, where he met General Dwight D. Eisenhower. "One boy, two years younger than Greenfield, watched alongside him and seemed 'the skinniest kid that ever survived," he recalled; he was Elie Wiesel," writes Ned Martel from The Post. "When Eisenhower walked toward them, 'he looked like he was 10 feet tall,' Greenfield recalled. The freed prisoner shook the general's hand."