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The seventh well
Fred Wander
Adult Fiction WANDER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

An Austrian Jew and photojournalist who was interned at 20 different Nazi camps between 1939 and 1945, Wander (1917-2006) first published this loosely structured novel in East Germany in 1970. Spare, haunting anecdotes memorialize Jews who died senseless, undignified deaths in Nazi concentration camps. In the Hirschberg camp, Mendel Teichmann, a 50-year-old atheist, keeps the other prisoners occupied with his wry tales; a Polish boy, Yossl, freezes after guards taunt him and shovel snow over him. While most prisoners gulp down their meager rations, the narrator describes how "men like Pechmann... turn a crust of bread into a seven-course meal." On the eve of Buchenwald's liberation, the narrator watches Joschko, 10, patiently push food into his exhausted younger brother. The book is much more than a catalogue of horrors and of courage, as Wanders's narrator struggles to find the language to describe what he has seenn. This is a worthy addition to Shoah literature. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Having fled Vienna for France in 1938, Wander ended up in Auschwitz and was finally liberated from Buchenwald in 1945. This fictional account of his fellow inmates was published in East Germany in 1970 and appears here in English for the first time. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Fred Wander
Age: 1916-2006
High school dropout; left his mother and sister behind in Vienna and fled on foot to France (1938); put on a train to Auschwitz; transported from camp to camp; haunted by the plight of his fellow inmates; daughter died tragically.

Mendel Teichman
Age: 50
Tells his fellow prisoners stories.

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