The Wedding Dress that Made History

From standing before the eyes of the nefarious Dr. Joseph Mengele to standing in a damaged synagogue wearing a white silk wedding gown. Only wonder leads to knowing. Take a moment to read this:

Lilly Friedman doesn’t remember the last name of the woman who designed and sewed the wedding gown she wore when she walked down the aisle over 60 years ago. But the grandmother of seven does recall that when she first told her fiancé Ludwig that she had always dreamed of being married in a white gown, he realized he had his work cut out for him..For the tall, lanky 21-year-old who had survived hunger, disease and torture this was a different kind of challenge. How was he ever going to find such a dress in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Person’s camp where they felt grateful for the clothes on their backs?

How Lilly got her dress makes for a fascinating read.

More here.

Thanks to reader Dick T, for the story.

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  • Joe

    That is a very good story. Thank you.

  • cycloid

    My Grandmother, who is 94 now, sewed several wedding gowns made from parachutes. It is more common than one might think. she also helped deliver lots of babies on kitchen tables. She is still agreat old gal!

  • Margie

    It struck me that these people who had been to hell and back with almost nothing to their name chose to do the most life affirming thing, get married and start a family. What a wonderful story.

  • Mack Hall

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless Lily and her family.

  • dick t

    The only thing I missed in the story was Ludwig. It could not have happened without him but he seems to have been forgotten in the story. How did he end up after all this.

    I do wonder how I would have held up under those circumstances. Would I have held out and survived or would I have been like Soros and collaborated. I would hope not but you never know till it is actually you.

    And how would you have thought about the Germans. I still know people who are very rich and will not buy a German car of any kind. They can well afford anything but never a VW or Audi or Mercedes or BMW.

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