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The 100-year secret : Britain's hidden WWII massacre /
Benjamin Jacobs, with Eugene Pool.
imprint
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2004.
description
xx, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1592285325
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imprint
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2004.
isbn
1592285325
catalogue key
5331518
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-192) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Benjamin Jacobs died on January 30, 2004. Born in the village of Dobra in 1919, as Berek Jakubowicz, Jacobs lost his father, mother, and sister in the Holocaust. Only he and his older brother Josek survived. Mr. Jacobs was convinced that he owed his survival to the possession of a few dental tools and his rudimentary skills. After World War II, in 1949, Jacobs and his brother emigrated to the United States. He acted as a sales representative for an electronics firm until he established his own business with his father-in-law and brother. After the death of his brother in 1965, he sold the company and continued to work in business until he retired in 1987. Mr. Jacobs returned to Germany in 1950 and married Else Teichmann-also a Holocaust survivor Eugene Pool is Chair of the English Department at The Winsor School in Boston
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Jacobs's understated tone conveys all the more forcefully the daily horror of camp life."Publishers Weekly,on Mr. Jacobs's first book,Dentist of Auschwitz
"Jacobs's understated tone conveys all the more forcefully the daily horror of camp life." Publishers Weekly,on Mr. Jacobs's first book, Dentist of Auschwitz
Jacobs's ability to express the most painful of moments is the book's greatest achievement." --Bridges, on Mr. Jacobs's first book, Dentist of Auschwitz
"Jacobs reveals the relentless and senseless brutality of concentration camp existence and--finally--the miracle of survival." Booklist, on Mr. Jacobs's first book, Dentist of Auschwitz
"Jacobs reveals the relentless and senseless brutality of concentration camp existence and--finally--the miracle of survival." Booklist,on Mr. Jacobs's first book, Dentist of Auschwitz
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Summaries
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It's the story no one would tell. On May 3, 1945, the Royal Air Force attacked a fleet of ships carrying more than seven thousand survivors of the Neuengamme concentration camp. The war was nearly over, and the survivors had endured one of history's most hellish ordeals, only to die at the hands of their allies. The bodies, in the striped white-and-black uniforms of camp prisoners, were soon washing ashore on the beach by the town of Timmendorf, near the Baltic port of Neustadt. Benjamin Jacobs, then twenty-five, survived by escaping the hold and clinging to wreckage. He was one of only 350 survivors, and one of the last of those. Days before, Jacobs had boarded the Cap Arcona, along with thousands of other prisoners. A commandeered luxury liner, the Cap Arcona was a dilapidated wreck. Nearby, the freighter Thielbek, in similar condition, was also attacked. There is reason to believe the Germans were intending to sink the Cap Arcona themselves. Though they claimed the prisoners were headed to Sweden, the ships may have been nonfunctional. The Royal Air Force believed the ships contained escaping SS officers. Tragically, British intelligence may have known who was on the ships, which may explain why the RAF has sealed the records until 2045. In The 100-Year Secret Benjamin Jacobs collaborates with writer Eugene Pool to describe his miraculous escape from a burning transport ship that was once one of the most glamorous ocean liners of the early twentieth century, and investigates why the incident, which will have its 60th anniversary in May, 2005, appears in no history books. The governments of Germany and Great Britain continue to refuse either to discuss it or to release pertinent records, The 100-Year Secret is the first complete account in English of this horrific and suppressed tragedy. It is also the first book-length description by an actual survivor. Furthermore, it contains new information about the incident, its participants, and its perpetrators not found in previous accounts. It is both the riveting personal story of a man who refused to give up, no matter what the circumstances, and an important revision of both Jewish and world history.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text describes the story of the May 3, 1945 Royal Air Force attack on a fleet of ships carrying 10,000 survivors of the Neuengamme concentration camp, the reasons behind the attack, and the tragic results of that devastating event.
Main Description
On May 3, 1945, the Royal Airforce attacked a fleet of ships carrying ten thousand survivors of the Neuengamme concentration camp. The war was nearly over, and the survivors had endured one of history's most hellish ordeals, only to die at the hand of their allies. Benjamin Jacobs, then twenty-five, survived by escaping the hold and clinging to wreckage. There is reason to believe the Germans were intending to sink it themselves. The RAF believed the ships contained escaping SS officers. Tragically, British intelligence may have known who was on the ships, which may explain why the RAF has sealed the records until 2045. This story appears in no history books- not in Germany, England, or the United States. No one tells it. So Benjamin Jacobs must.
Main Description
On May 3, 1945, the Royal Air Force attacked a fleet of ships carrying ten thousand survivors of the Neuengamme concentration camp. The war was nearly over, and the survivors had endured one of history's most hellish ordeals, only to die at the hand of their allies. The bodies, in the striped black-and-white uniforms of camp prisoners, were soon washing ashore on the beach by the town of Timmendorf, near the Baltic port of Neustadt. Benjamin Jacobs, then twenty-five, survived by escaping the hold and clinging to wreckage. He was one of only 350 survivors, and one of the last of those. Days before, Jacobs had boarded the Cap Arcona, along with thousands of other prisoners. A commandeered luxury liner, the Cap Arcona was a dilapidated wreck. Nearby, the freighter Theilbeck, in similar condition, was also attacked. There is reason to believe the Germans were intending to sink it themselves. Though they claimed the prisoners were headed to Sweden, the ships may have been nonfunctional. The RAF believed the ships contained escaping SS officers. Tragically, British intelligence may have known who was on the ships, which may explain why the RAF has sealed the records until 2045. This story appears in no history books-not in Germany, England, or the United States. No one tells it. So Benjamin Jacobs must.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: No One Tells This Storyp. xi
Time Line of Significant Eventsp. xv
No Prisoner Is to Fall into Enemy Hands Alivep. 1
Where Could They Be Taking Us?p. 13
Special Instructions in Case of Warp. 25
The Queen of the South Atlanticp. 37
A Special Operationp. 51
This Insane Orderp. 61
I Saw So Many Deadp. 73
A Flying Wrecking Ballp. 87
God Help Us!p. 101
How Could We Part?p. 111
I Will Not Let Gop. 119
It Didn't Take Very Longp. 129
They Are Surely No Nazisp. 141
Free of Swastikasp. 151
Epilogue: Where the Living Meet the Deadp. 161
Significant Individualsp. 181
Significant Military Units (All British)p. 185
SS Ranks and British/USA Equivalentsp. 187
Sourcesp. 189
Notesp. 193
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