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Himmler’s Jewish Tailor
The Story of Holocaust Survivor Jacob Frank

Mark Lewis and Jacob Frank

Cloth $34.95    |    978-0-8156-0606-2    |    2000

"Frank’s memoir stands out among Holocaust testimonies for the rarity of his experiences: Holocaust historians will want and need to know what he remembers about Lublin, Lipowa and other sites of labor and terror. Lewis’s admirable introduction explains his methods, gives background and context for Frank’s story and makes clear that he hopes for readers from both the community of scholars and the wider, nonacademic world: this meticulous record surely merits them."—Publisher’s Weekly

"Frank was born in Lublin, Poland, in 1913. During World War II he survived four Nazi concentration camps, including Dachau and the little known Lipowa in Lublin. Being a tailor, he was tapped to head a 450-tailor operation, which put him in touch with such notorious officers as Himmler, Eichmann, Goth, and Globocnik. He testified in war crimes trials about the atrocities and massacres."—Booknews.com

  Himmlers Jewish Tailor: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Jacob Frank

  Jacob Frank was born on January 3, 1913 in Lublin, Poland. He ran away from home as a boy to become a tailor rather than fulfil his father’s wish that he become a rabbi. After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Frank was randomly chosen to head the clothing factory at the SS-run Lipowa Labor Camp, managing nearly 450 tailors by the end of 1943. His position put him in contact with such notorious SS officers as Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Eichmann and Odilo Globocnik. A witness to the total liquidation of the immense Lublin ghetto, Frank was the only survivor of his 64-member family. After Lipowa, he was interned in a prison and three other concentration camps, including Natzweiler and Dachau. He emigrated to the United States in 1946, becoming a successful clothing designer and tailor in New York City. Mark Lewis was born in 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio, and was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has published several short stories and a work of fiction titled Suspicions among the Thoughts I May Contribute (1995). He has worked as an editor, reporter, and freelance journalist for newspapers, magazines, and online media. Currently he is writing a novel entitled The Discovery of the Amputees.

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