Broken threads : the destruction of the Jewish fashion industry in Germany and Austria

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Broken threads : the destruction of the Jewish fashion industry in Germany and Austria
Call No: 746.92 B867

Call Number746.92 B867
Dates2007; ©2006
Statement of Responsibilityedited by Roberta S. Kremer.
Creators & ContributorsKremer, Roberta S. (editor)
Friedrichs, Christopher R. (contributor)
Schramm, Christian (contributor)
Loschek, Ingrid (contributor)
Guenther, Irene (contributor)
Schallié, Charlotte (contributor)
Sultano, Gloria (contributor)
Gort, John (translator)
Taubeneck, Steven A. (translator)
Mackay, Alistair (translator)
Jahnke, Claus (related)
Sayers, Ivan (related)
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (contributor)
Society for the Museum of Original Costume (contributor)
Summary"Broken Threads tells the story of the destruction of the Jewish fashion industry under the Nazis. Jewish designers were very prominent in the fashion industry of 1930s Germany and Austria. The emergence of Konfektion, or ready-to-wear, and the development of the modern department store, with its innovative merchandising and lavish interior design, only emphasized this prominence. The Nazis came to see German high fashion as being too heavily influenced by Jewish designers, manufacturers and merchandisers. These groups were targeted with a campaign of propaganda, boycotts, humiliation and Aryanization. Broken Threads chronicles this moment of cultural loss, detailing the rise of Jewish design and its destruction at the hands of the Nazis." —Book jacket
  • Introduction—The Holocaust and Cultural Loss / Roberta S. Kremer
  • From Rags to Riches: Jews as Producers and Purveyors of Fashion / Christopher R. Friedrichs
  • Architecture of the German Department Store / Christian Schramm ; translation by John Gort
  • Contributions of Jewish Fashion Designers in Berlin / Ingrid Loschek ; translation by John Gort
  • The Destruction of a Culture and an Industry / Irene Guenther
  • Fashion Disappears from Germany / Charlotte Schallié ; translation by Steven Taubeneck
  • Ridding Vienna's Fashion and Textile Industry of Jews During the Nazi Period / Gloria Sultano ; translation by Alistair Mackay
Physical Description 128 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherOxford : Berg ; Vancouver : Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
  • "This publication grew out of the groundbreaking exhibition Broken Threads: The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with the Original Costume Museum Society of Vancouver in 1999. This exhibition featured the unique world-class collection assembled by Claus Jahnke of period clothing made or designed by Jewish designers. Fashion historians and collectors Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers served as co-curator and curatorial assistant for this exhibition with Dr. Roberta Kremer, who created the Holocaust context and content for the exhibition." —Title page verso
  • Includes bibliographical references
Funding NoteThis publication was produced through the Morris & Yosef Wosk Family Publishing Fund of the VHEC. Additional sponsorship was provided by Dick Haft, Max Fugman, Sandy Hayden and Karen Simkin.