The Dentist of Auschwitz: A Memoir

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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.

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"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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Dec.)
Jacobs tells of his deportation from his Polish village and his imprisonment in Nazi labor and concentration camps. As a dental student, he was able to survive his four-year ordeal in Buchenwald, Dora-Mitelbau, and Auschwitz by working on the teeth of inmates and SS officers. He was one of 1,600 prisoners who survived bombing at sea when prisoners were herded onto German ocean liners and sunk. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190129
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 779,985
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Surperb Memoir

    Very good read. The author presented his story as though he was sitting down with you to tell his story. Stories such as these need to be heard & we need to listen.

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    Very interesting book. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    Amazing true story a movie should be made of it.

    Who needs fiction when real life is so amazing? This book helps put into perspective what true struggles really are. Ben escapes death so many times and has such courage and fortitude. This is one of many holocaust stories worth reading.

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