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22 Jaw-dropping Tidbits in Diane Von Furstenberg's New Autobiography.

The Woman I Wanted To Be, the new autobiography by Jewish fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, is a frustrating read. It skips back and forth confusingly in time, its accounting of partygoers and acquaintances and celebrity facialists gets wearying, and it feels emotionally withholdingelusive, oddly perky, skimming lightly over conflict and sorrow. But Von Furstenberg has led a fascinating life. So here, extracted, filtered, and condensed for your reading pleasure, are the book's most interesting moments.

1: Von Furstenberg's mother, Lily Nahmias, survived 13 months in the Auschwitz and Ravensbruck concentration camps. When she was liberated, she weighed just 59 pounds. "I didn't know, as a very little girl in Brussels, why my mother had two lines of blue tattooed numbers on her left arm," Von Furstenberg (or her amanuensis, Linda Bird Francke) writes. "I remember thinking they were some sort of decoration and wished I had them, too, so my arms wouldn't look so plain."

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Author:Ingall, Marjorie
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Nov 7, 2014
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