The Dentist of Auschwitz

2020-05-03

I will not say too much about Benjamin Jacobs aka Bronek Jakubowicz or Berek Jakubowicz. As the title suggests he was a dentist, but he also is a survivor. Not only did he survive Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps, he also survived Auschwitz, a death march and the sinking of SS Cap Arcona, which was bombed by the RAF killing thousands.

One of the reasons why I won’t saying too much about Benjamin Jacobs is because he wrote a book titled “The Dentist of Auschwitz” a book which I only recently received as a present and haven’t read yet.

One thing I will say is that  one of the jobs he had as the dentist of Auschwitz,  was extracting gold teeth  from the corpses of those who were killed, I really cannot fathom how I didn’t suffered greatly from this. However this does show his incredible mental strength , which would have contributed to his survival. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have.

In later interviews and I presume in his book he did say “I heard the voices of broken hearts and crushed souls” regarding to that gruesome task.

He died on January 30th ,2004 aged 84.

 

Sources

https://archive.org/details/dentistofauschwi00jaco

https://muse.jhu.edu/book/3531