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Title: Through Thin Shirts
Author: Richard R. Karlen
Date of Publication: November, 2009
Price: $15.00 plus cost of shipping and handling
Number of pages: 291 text
ISBN No. 978-0966083194
Library of Congress Control Number: 2009924010
Printer: King Printing
Front cover design and photography by Kim Karlen
Back cover design by HM Fotograph/x

This book is intended for the adult market to include both college students and the general reading public.


The protagonist of  Through Thin Shirts is a Jewish foren-sic pathologist, who had spent a year in the crematoriums at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as an assistant to Josef Mengele in his infamous twin studies.  After the war, he emigrates to America, where he changes his name to Chaim Potofsky and writes a play based upon his experience.  It is this play, Gateway to Hell, that is the heart of the book.  The reader is caught up not only in Potofsky’s past life, but in Potofsky’s struggle to find redemption through his relationship with a Puerto Rican boy.  


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