The Lampshade

The Lampshade

A Holocaust Detective Story From Buchenwald to New Orleans

Book - 2010
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"Few growing up in the aftermath of World War II will ever forget the horrifying reports that Nazi concentration camp doctors had removed the skin of prisoners to makes common, everyday lampshades. In The Lampshade, bestselling journalist Mark Jacobson tells the story of how he came into possession of one of these awful objects, and of his search to establish the origin, and larger meaning, of what can only be described as an icon of terror"--P. [2] of dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
ISBN: 9781416566274
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 JACOBSON
Characteristics: 357 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Feb 18, 2016

Interesting and unsettling read about the serendipitous identification of a lampshade made of human skin in post-Katrina New Orleans. Jacobson does a great job of sketching the myriad characters he encounters during his search for an appropriate resting place for the lampshade. There is no neat conclusion to this story; Jacobson places the account as part of a broad history of cruelty and fear as well as a particular representation of the Holocaust.

Nov 23, 2012

A page turner. Hard to put down. A great read.


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