For your reference, this is a link to images of metal tags worn by Nazi prisoners:
And this is an image of concentration camp inmates holding up their metal tags for the camera:
Finally, here is an article with photos about Radom:
Also, below is text to be used on the back cover of the book. Ideally, blurbs and the full description can be incorporated. If space is limited, please contact Bernard and we can discuss what to include.
Praise for Bernard Otterman:
“Polish born writer Bernard Otterman portrays the textured worlds of pre, during, and post World War II. These are stories of inherent drama, yet there is no exploitation of events here. Often understated, frequently macabre, Otterman’s observant narrators see the world, as it is, surreal, yes, otherworldly, unbearable, and somehow wry.” - Martha Rhodes, Director, Four Way Books.
“Here is historical fiction at its finest, concise and penetrating. Otterman’s vivid tales of life during and after history’s darkest hour explore complex issues such as complicity, denial, and shame with sensitivity and skill.” - Joshua M. Greene Author, Justice at Dachau and Witness: Voices from the Holocaust
“Holocaust survivor, Bernard Otterman, locates some of his stories in the ghettos and the camps, others in the aftermath of WWII. This double narrative perspective greatly enriches his collection, whose stories are often chilling but always powerful and imaginative.”- Patrick G. Henry, author of Banishing the Coercion of Despair: Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and The Holocaust Today.
The release of Inmate 1818 and Other Stories, a collection of twelve short stories inspired by the Holocaust and its aftermath, marks a new milestone for a celebrated writer with unusual skill and vision. Dr. Bernard Otterman’s stories are set in the ghettos and camps of World War II and in the difficult days following Hitler’s war against the Jews. Dr. Otterman writes: “As a child survivor, the Holocaust forced itself in the manner of an unwelcome relative into my writings.” The collection’s dual perspectives, in the past and present, form a unity Dr. Otterman refers to as “the ever-present past.” This haunting presence defines the lives of all characters in the stories—survivors as well as their children.
In the title story, “Inmate 1818,” a young boy is smuggled into a work camp, a place where only children of the camp’s “privileged” are allowed. The boy struggles with his isolation and a deep desire to participate in what he perceives as the benign normal life of the camp. After being befriended by an eccentric teenager, a Rabbi’s son, he is able to come out of hiding. His mother, however, must pay a heavy price for his privilege.
Dr. Otterman’s stories are replete with sacrifice, anger and remorse. In “Days of Rage,” married survivors are tormented when their son believes and spouts a neo-Nazi ideology. A survivor in “Lotto Fever” is both upset and obsessed by winning the lottery using numbers very similar to those tattooed on his arm. A German boy is determined to redeem his family’s Nazi sins by recreating the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp using plastic toy bricks in “Lego Lager.” In “Golem of Auschwitz,” a survivor is haunted by the memory of the Golem that he and a Rabbi’s son created while in captivity. And in the recently revised “Black Grass,” the author turns to the rich tradition of magical realism to respond to the phenomenon of the Holocaust, where the darkness born by this tragedy slowly envelops the world.
Taken together, these finely crafted stories provide a riveting, tightly constructed reading experience. While taking his readers into uncharted regions, Otterman's authorial voice is a strong tether throughout. His stories and poems have received global recognition and have been published by leading journals and magazines. His poems have been published in Poetry, Jewish Currents and other compendia “Golem of Auschwitz” was first published in New Millennium Writings, while “Lotto Fever” was printed in Word-Slovo. His short-story collection, Black Grass and Other Stories, was published in 2008 by Jewish Heritage, one of the world's oldest and most active organizations dedicated to enriching the literary bookshelf with works of literature related to Jewish history and culture.
Critics declare that Otterman writes with the deftness and moral complexity of Chaim Grade and Primo Levi, Ida Fink, and Henryk Grynberg. When his imagination takes flight into the surrealistic regions, his work is akin to the crafted conceptual stories of Bruno Schulz and Franz Kafka. Inmate 1818 is not to be missed—and once read, never forgotten.