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The Dentist Of Auschwitz: A Memoir
by Benjamin Jacobs
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From Publishers Weekly
Jacobs, a Polish Jew, was a first-year dental student before he spent five years in Nazi extermination camps, including Auschwitz. Here, he vividly recalls that time, during which his elementary professional skills enabled him to practice primitive dentistry on inmates and SS officers alike, as well as to obey orders to extract gold teeth from corpses after gassing. Jacobs's understated tone conveys all the more forcefully the daily horror of camp life: bitter cold, near starvation, the smell of burning human flesh. Worst of all, notes the author, born Berek Jakubowicz, Auschwitz became a perverted "way of life" as he tried to survive it. Jacobs, who now practices dentistry in Boston, is a compelling witness. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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Benjamin Jacobs was a Jewish dental student who in 1941 was deported from the Polish village of Dobra--along with 166 other Jewish men, including his father--to a Nazi labor camp. Jacobs was 22, and what followed was four years of horror in two labor camps and in Auschwitz, where his father died and his brother survived. (His mother and sister were murdered in Chelmno.) The author survived because of his elementary dental skills; he worked on the teeth of inmates and later on those of 55 officers. In simple, straightforward prose, Jacobs reveals the relentless and senseless brutality of concentration camp existence and--finally--the miracle of survival. Jacobs' book is another solid addition to the ever-growing body of Holocaust literature. George Cohen
Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science
Jacobss ability to express the most painful of moments is the books greatest achievement.
Harry James Cargas
A real-life story of mounting suspense which reads like a novel.
"Jacobss understated tone conveys all the more forcefully the daily horror of camp life."
The story of Berek Jakubowicz (now Benjamin Jacobs), a Jewish dental student, is a gripping account of the horrors of the Holocaust. Jacobs was deported in 1941 from his Polish village and taken to a Nazi labor camp where he remained a prisoner of the Reich until the ending days of war. He is convinced that he owes his survival to the possession of a few dental tools and rudimentary skills as he was moved from labor camp to labor camp. Jacobs writes about the loss of family, what life was like as a prisoner, and the horrible truths about the Holocaust that only a survivor can tell.
Goes far beyond most personal accounts of the Holocaust in reflecting the authors raw courage, his will power, and his luck over a seemingly never-ending four-year period.Gerard E. Silberstein
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