Hiding From “The Thief Of Auschwitz”

thThe Thief Of Auschwitz was a deeply moving look at one family’s quest to survive the notorious death camp, Auschwitz. Upon arrival, Jacob and his son, Max were immediately separated from his wife Eidel and daughter Lydia.  The narration was very detailed and had several peaks that were emotional and thought-provoking. 

Jacob made a niche for himself as the barber for the SS after protecting Max by telling him to say he is 18 instead of 14. The lie was enough to save Max from being taken to the gas chambers upon his arrival. Jacob’s thoughts were consumed with saving his family, and this made him a silent hero. After much consideration over the impacts of telling a high-ranking official his wife could paint the family portrait he craved, Jacob offered Eidel for the job. That aspect detailed how a person’s life could be so dependent upon a Nazi Officer’s whims. Eidel became a star whem she made a big statement through a quite revolt that only an artist could accomplish.

The third person point of view allowed me to follow Jacob and his family throughout the camp, but didn’t provide enough insight about how the family was feeling and reacting to their situation. I wanted to hear more from their characters, but their voices were heard infrequently. That was intermixed with a first person narrative of Max. The majority of his chapters were focused on art and painting, but seemed removed from the main plot. By the end I saw that this was a stunning story that revolved around a portrait that stirred emotions and courage in the people who saw it.

This was written in a very tasteful manner. At times, it was almost so tepid it didn’t exactly portray life inside the camp. Still, it was a beautiful statement on love and art.


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