The journey that takes Mark Jacobson around the world began when a friend bought a lamp at a rummage sale and was told that it was made from the skins of Jews. While he didn't believe the story, he sent it to Mark, saying, "You're a journalist, you figure out what it is."
After three years of research in America, Poland, Germany, and Israel, and with the assistance of forensic experts, DNA analysis, and consultations with Yad Yashem and the historical director at Buchenwald, Jacobson has investigated not only the truth of the thing itself but of the idea of it.
He also analyzes our understanding of history; of myths, facts, and evidence; and of the concept of evil. Despite extensive historical reporting of items made of human skin in eyewitness accounts from Nazi concentration camps, this is the first known discovery and investigation of such an artifact.
©2010 Mark Jacobson (P)2010 Tantor
"Provocative.... A well-executed, original reflection on how social evil tends to endure, puzzle and resist efforts at redemption." (Kirkus)
Dark topic but so interesting and well written. Every listening session was greatly anticipated. I would definitely recommend.
In "The Lampshade," author Mark Jacobson tells of how he obtained an artifact of the holocaust. This is stream of consciousness history at its best. In the course of telling the story of the lampshade, Jacobson details the story of the holocaust, Buchenwald concentration camp, holocaust deniers, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina and much more. It is a fascinating journey that at times is riveting while at others is revolting. This story is definitely not for everyone and is not for the feint-hearted. Narrator Johnny Heller's easy-going style is perfect as he handles the nuances of difficult foreign names and a wide variety of accents.
This story is excellent and extremely interesting. The narration though leaves much to be desired. Most recordings owned by Tantor have poor narration quality. I own several Tantor cd books and although the stories are great their narrarators are not as good as Recorded Books, or Blackstone.
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