Mystery of Holocaust Book Unfolds

Survivor's daughter turns curiosity about inheritance into international quest
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 11:04 AM CDT
Mystery of Holocaust Book Unfolds
Nazi patches and a cover page with a photo of Arnold Unger are seen in an album of drawings from the Dachau concentration camp by Polish artist Michal Porulski at the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany, Aug. 21, 2007. After her father's suicide in 1972, Shari Klages found the thick...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Meticulous pen-and-ink representations of the horrors of Dachau, drawn by a Polish Catholic artist who spent most of the war in concentration camps, form the backbone of a unique album that's drawing praise and curiosity from Holocaust scholars. The AP traces the history of the handmade book and the tortured souls who created and preserved it.

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The book contains an artistic narrative of concentration camp life that scholars say is unprecedented; it's bound with leather that probably came from an SS officer's uniform. "I have a sense of being quite horrified, of feeling my stomach in my throat," says the book's owner, remembering looking through it as a child. (Read more Holocaust stories.)

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