From Auschwitz to the White House

Brooklyn tailor Martin Greenfield has made suits for every president since Eisenhower. But he sewed his first stitch in Auschwitz during WWII. ABC News' David Wright meets the presidents' tailor.
3:58 | 11/30/14

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Finally, from prison camp to presidential outfitter, it's in every presidential photo-op. Yet you almost don't notice the perfect cut of the presidential suit. Martin Greenfield tailor to the president explains in his new book "Measures of a man, what's hidden in those presidential pockets." Reporter: Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg have at least one thing in common, their tailor. I dress both sides of the aisle. Reporter: Martin Greenfield whose suits are a cut above the rest. This is president Obama's jacket. Only the president. Reporter: Only for presidents this stitching here. He dresses Hollywood too. He made Leo Dicaprio's suits for "The wolf of Wall Street." Paul Newman was a customer of yours. Paul Newman. Paul Newman was not a customer, was a friend. Reporter: Greenfield sewed his first stitch not on seventh avenue or Saville row but in auschwitz where his job in the camp laundry kept him alive. And you had never sewn before. Never sewn. I never washed. I never did nothing. So the tailor says, you're a tailor. 15 years old. Reporter: When the allies finally liberated the camps, he had lost his whole family. He had little idea that the dashing American general who freed him -- Eisenhower. He was like our giant. Reporter: -- Would one day become a customer of the Brooklyn tailor who taught Greenfield his craft. The first time I could touch something for the man that liberated me, do you know the feeling? Must have been -- Amazing. Reporter: He couldn't resist slipping notes into Eisenhower's jackets offering advice on the Suez crisis. He liked it because he thought -- What did you write? -- He told a reporter about it. Reporter: Later bill Clinton turned to martin Greenfield too. He says, can I tell you something, martin? Do me a favor, don't write notes in my pocket. I said, what ? Who told you I wrote notes? No, no, I'm going to give you a fax number and you fax me anything you want. Reporter: Greenfeld's atelier in Brooklyn is old school. Everything is made the old-fashioned way. Reporter: About 120 workers, mostly immigrants, many of them have been working here 20 plus years. This is Charlie. Hello. How are you doing? Hello, Charlie. All right. How are you? Reporter: Greenfield doesn't dwell on the holocaust, always keeping in mind his father's advice. The last words, you honor us by extending our life by living, not by crying, and that's what I do every minute of my day. There's that old saying, the clothes make the man. Do you believe that? I believe it. But a tailor also knows people in an intimate way and I suspect that part of you would think that the measure of the man isn't just the clothes. The measure of the man is not just clothes. The measure of the man is more. Reporter: By any measure, martin Greenfield is a treasure. Look how that fits in. Reporter: For "This week," David Wright, ABC news, Brooklyn. Our thanks to David. You can read an excerpt of martin Greenfield's book at And now we honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. This week the Pentagon announced the deaths of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan. That's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your Thanksgiving weekend with us. Check out "World news tonight" and we'll see you back here next week. Have a great day.

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