Benjamin Jacobs, survivor of World War II concentration camps and author of the book, "The Dentist of Auschwitz," will participate in a reading and discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 612 E. 400 South.
Also known as Berek Jacubowica, Jacobs' uncanny survival at Auschwitz from 1941 until the end of the war was due to his case of dental tools and a few rudimentary skills.Jacobs suffered deplorable conditions, witnessed the deaths of hundreds of other people and was forced to extract the gold from fellow inmates' teeth after they died so jewelry could be made for the SS - Hitler's secret police.
In May 1945, Jacobs and his brother were among survivors of floating concentration camps. More than 15,000 prisoners were loaded onto three German ocean liners, which were sunk by the British Royal Air Force. Jacobs and his brother were among 1,600 people who miraculously survived the sinking.
Space is limited for the Tuesday gathering. Reservations are encouraged by calling 524-0089.