Jacob Weisen, a Jewish prisoner and Nazi collaborator, learns to lie as a means of survival at Birkenau, and it proves to be a habit he cannot easily break even after relocating to America after the War, where he gains fame for fabricating a story about a fellow prisoner's lost manuscript.
Robert Blumenfeld's assured, captivating performance engages the listener in this emotional, unflinching exploration of Weisen's inner turmoil when he's forced to come vis-a-vis with the truth. Coleman's haunting mediation on guilt, memory, and the complex psychology of survival is a thought-provoking and enthralling listen.
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The lie that bought Jacob Weisen a new life cannot help him escape the past. Birkenau could not kill Jacob Weisen. He survived the death camp and made his way to America, where he became famous telling the story of Isaac Becker, an author who was tortured to death when the guards caught him writing down his story.
Becker’s manuscript was lost, but by telling the tale, Weisen keeps his memory alive. No other witnesses survived - and Weisen is the only person who knows his famous story is a lie. In fact, Weisen was a collaborator, who led his countrymen to the ovens and gave Becker up to the SS. Decades after the war, as his lies begin to unravel, he must choose between admitting the truth and dying in a hell of his own creation.