Jacobson, Mark.  The Lampshade:A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans (2001) I can’t remember where I stumbled on this title, usually I hear an interview with an author or a read a review or something causes me to just reach out and request a book  from my local library’s website.  The day comes when I pick up the book, sometimes I just stare at it and can’t recall WHY I wanted to read it.   Not so here.

I knew WHY I wanted to read it, I just had to work myself up to it, the book sat on my desk for nearly two weeks before I read it in one long gulp.   The book smacks of a topics I  find interest in: history, research, ‘antiques’, Katrina; but here they were all balled up in what I had to get over was another Holocaust book.  Years back I had read my fill of Holocaust books, and some of those STAY with you forever, so I really wasn’t looking forward to another one.   Jacobson’s Lampshade occupies a small DMZ, where the compelling study of one unique object is shown to have threads tying it to what one would think are a wide range of disparate places, people and time periods.  Jacobson examines the iconography and history of this horrific object from every conceivable angle and presents it in a fascinating manner, by the end of his journey one feels as he does quite protective about it.   It’s a great book, I am glad I read it. This one will stay with me but not in the same stomach knotting ways other books have.

Jacobson’s The Lampshade Webpage

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