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Phillipa Brophy
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New York, NY
Telephone (212) 780-6050
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  1. Hank2006 permalink
    May 2, 2012 9:20 am

    I just finished your book and loved it. As someone who is ambiguously spiritual, I think you did the right thing in following what your instincts and what the lampshade were telling you to do with it. If burial didn’t seem right, then there must be reason behind that feeling.

    I am a high school English teacher and I teach Elie Wiesel’s Night every year. I’m always looking for ways to impress upon my students how utterly evil the Nazis were and I find that I’m always walking the line between “Holocaust porn” and history. I found the politics behind the USHMM and Yad Vashem very interesting in your book. If the lampshade ever was proven to be from the Holocaust, I’m not sure displaying it would be in good taste but I was shocked at the resistance to even looking into its origins.

    One question I have about the lampshade is this: Is it possible that it is not from the Holocaust? I know the DNA tests can only prove that it’s from human skin and nothing more. I’m wondering if in your research you found that it could be from another time and place.

    An amazing story. I can’t stop thinking about it.

  2. Nick Bramley permalink
    January 26, 2012 3:37 pm

    Dear Mr JacobsonI’ve just finished your book (you gave it to friends visiting New York and they lent it to me). Congratulations! One little quibble, however: you write on p. 221 about Bruno Apitz’s “Naked Among Wolves” that it was a novel presented in the film as fact. My memory was different and the Wikipedia entry corresponds with my memory, that in fact members of the “international camp committee” did protect the 3-year-old Zweig from death. How that fact was then presented is of course another matter. Best wishes, Yours sincerely

  3. XSheldon Goldberg permalink
    January 23, 2011 12:13 am

    I was very troubled by your take here. That a man from Brooklyn should repeatedly refer to Ultraorthodox for effect when the Orthodox have similar positions reveals a lack of understanding. But what really misses the point in this Yiddishe Hunter S. Thompson effort is the very cardinal principle of Jewish faith that being that “man is made in g-d’s image”. While endless religious and secular writing emphasize this nothing is even mentioned about it here. In a modern context we know that 100s of prisoners have been exchanged for the body of even 1 dead Israeli soldier. The list is endless. We as Jews do not think skin ,we think a man or woman made in g-d’s image and that applies equally to a Jew or nonJew. We do not damage the body of a nonjew quite a contrast to others.The source of this position is the Orthodox one and to suggest that Yaad Vashem or other Institutions fail to comprehend is a sad commentary. When a family member passes every part of him receives the respect due to one made in His image according to Jewish law.This body part needs to be buried Jewish or not , and vain attempts to capitalize on it are immoral

  4. December 28, 2010 6:02 pm

    While I was wandering in the local B/N Bookstore to find reading material I came upon the History section. The Lampshade caught my eye. My arms filled with books and my wallet thin I came back to it several time. Within the hour the hardback, which I seldom buy came home with me.
    Being a person of History, mostly Jewish, which I am not, I could not put your narrative down. I was taken by your style, adventure, research and willingness to find conclusion.
    I too have traveled the world and enjoy the challenge of finding answers, and being with global people.
    Thank you for your time, and for your respect of a people who are still seeking answers.
    I deeply appreciated this work, and look forward now to reading more from you pen~~BC~~

  5. Mary Young permalink
    November 14, 2010 2:25 pm

    The Lampshade is an incredibly clever book. I’m English, so I had to really ‘apply myself to your interesting American words! I’m 64, my mother was Jewish; her relatives were left in Holland during WW2. Your writing is so witty and very informative. Many thanks, Mark.
    Best wishes, Mary

  6. Jim Leemann permalink
    October 21, 2010 6:10 pm

    Just finished your book and found it to be fascinating and quite informative. Your encounter with David Duke was especially interesting because I grew up in the same neighborhood as David and my father worked at Shell at the same time David’s father worked there. Our families occassionally got together. I also attended LSU when David was spouting off his Nazi propaganda in Free Speech Alley. Last I heard, he is living in Mandeville, LA . Your account of David is quite accurate.

    Unless I missed it, what has happened to the Lampshade? Do you still have it?

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