Long before Martin Greenfield became a master tailor who designs bespoke suits for U.S. presidents, politicians, and celebrities, he was Maxmilian Grunfeld, a Jewish teen from modern-day Ukraine. At the age of 14, Grunfeld—now 88—was imprisoned in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Later, he was moved to Buchenwald.

Grunfeld’s family perished in the camps, but the young man survived and was liberated from Buchenwald when he was 15. Grunfeld later moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he changed his name to Martin Greenfield and got a fresh start as a tailor. Great Big Story’s video above explains how the Holocaust survivor built his business, began dressing world leaders, and gained an international reputation for excellence and quality.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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