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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; Reprint edition (30 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813190126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813190129
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,144,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacobs's understated tone conveys all the more forcefully the daily horror of camp life. - Publishers Weekly ""Jacobs's ability to express the most painful of moments is the book's greatest achievement."" - Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science ""A real-life story of mounting suspense which reads like a novel."" - Harry James Cargas

About the Author

BENJAMIN JACOBS, a concentration camp survivor, is also the author of "The Dentist of Auschwitz," A longtime Boston area resident, he passed away in 2004.
EUGENE POOL, a Harvard graduate, is author of two books and numerous articles for journals and newspapers, including The Boston Globe. He lives in the Boston, Massachusetts, area.


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"The Dentist of Auschwitz" is an outstanding and accessible nonfiction Holocaust memoir on a par with Elie Wiesel's venerable and moving novella, "Night." As a survivor of both labor and concentration camps during the Holocaust years in Europe, Benjamin Jacobs offers us two very unusual perspectives into the Nazi kingdom of death. First, he was already a young adult when he was incarcerated in a labor camp in Poland; he was not a child nor was he already a person advanced in age, and thus he brings a unique vantage. Secondly, Mr. Jacobs, now in his eighties, has expended the effort and anguish to reach back through the benefit of five intervening decades of time to relate his harrowing story and that of his family. "The Dentist of Auschwitz" is a very human account of an ordinary Jewish family in Poland whose lives were changed indelibly--and for his mother, father, and sister, ultimately extinguished. In a thoroughly engaging manner, Mr. Jacobs relates his thoughts, loves, passions, and challenges with God as he endured the daily fear and hunger, cold and pain of 4 years in the Holocaust universe. He is to be commended for sharing his life with us. Hopefully, we will listen.
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By A Customer on 20 Mar. 1999
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I found this book wonderful.Other that being rich in detail the story gives you a clear picture of what life was like in Auschwitz.Overall I feel that this title is a mus have for any library.
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I've recently become interested in the Holocaust and all things alike, and have bought several books set in this era to get an insight into life at that time. This book did not disappoint at all. It is a real-life account (written in first person) of the struggles of being a Jew in Nazi Germany, starting off with life in the Ghettos, to life in different concentration camps, including, as the title suggests, Auschwitz.
Reading this book is a great way of understanding the true horror of life in the concentration camps, of the evil of some people, and of the sheer will to survive of others. Although you can learn about concentration camps in other ways, this is surely the best way to really sympathise with the Jews point of view, and the harsh, inhumane conditions they faced. You have to keep reminding yourself that this all did actually happen, that every time you read an inmate being shot, that it was a real person, who really died at the hands of the Nazis. For anybody interested in getting a real-life perspective to concentration camp life, this is definitely the book to choose.
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One of the most interesting & readable books I have read on the subject of Auschwitz.
I found it very interesting & a compelling read from start to finish.
Be prepared to shed a few tears!
Llew (Bolton)
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One of the best books I've read in years, I started it to kill time until the family returned from shopping, with every intention of spending the remainder of the day at the lake enjoying the magnificent 76 degree sunny saturday.
However it hooked me and I ended up sitting in my study well into the evening until I'd finished it. The authors prose is truly compelling, he breathes life into the pages of this book, his timing is impecable, the readers interest never falters.
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