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The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir

by Benjamin Jacobs

Availablepaperback$25.00s 978-0-8131-9012-9
Out of Printcloth$27.50 978-0-8131-1873-4
248 pages  Pubdate: 01/18/2001  6 x 9  photos, maps

In 1941 Berek Jakubowicz (now Benjamin Jacobs) was deported from his Polish village and remained a prisoner of the Reich until the final days of the war. His possession of a few dental tools and rudimentary skills saved his life. Jacobs helped assemble V1 and V2 rockets in Buchenwald and Dora-Mittelbau; spent a year and a half in Auschwitz, where he was forced to remove gold teeth from corpses; and survived the RAF attack on three ocean liners turned prison camps in the Bay of Lubeck. This is his story.

In simple, straightforward prose, Jacobs reveals the relentless and senseless brutality of concentration camp existence and—finally—the miracle of survival. -- Booklist

A book about the raw existential experience of a Holocaust survivor. . . . His ability to express the most painful of moments is the book’s greatest achievement. -- Bridges

Based exclusively on retrospective memory, the account is authentic. -- Choice

A moving testament to Jacob’s willpower and courage. His story reveals the senseless brutality of the Holocaust and the miracle of survival. -- McCormick (SC) Messenger

Jacobs is a compelling witness. -- Publishers Weekly