The Death's Head Chess Club (Hardback)
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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 05/03/2015
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SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz fresh from fighting on the Russian Front. After being badly wounded, he is fit only for administrative duty and his first and most pressing task is to improve flagging camp morale among the officers and the enlisted men. He sets up a chess club, which thrives as under-the-table bets are made on the results of the games. When Meissner learns from a chance remark that chess is also played by the prisoners, however, he becomes intrigued by the rumour of a Jewish watchmaker who is 'unbeatable'... A deeply moving novel about an impossible friendship between a Nazi and a Jew, The Death's Head Chess Club challenges us to consider what might be the very limits of forgiveness and what might be the cost of a lifetime of bitterness.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782396451
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 162 x 219 x 37 mm
Edition: Main

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“A bit disappointing”

I was a little disappointed in this novel; I expected it to be rather more intense than it turned out to be. Moving backwards and forwards between Auschwitz in 1944 and Amsterdam in 1962 it tells a story of the game... More

Hardback edition
23rd March 2015
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“Great Read.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It begins in 1944 in the death camp Auschwitz and throughout this novel the story unfolds by switching between 1944 and 1962.
After being wounded on the Russian front, Waffen SS Paul... More

Hardback edition
3rd March 2015
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“An unforgettable journey: from cruel adversity to unforeseen forgiveness”

This is a wonderful book. A tale that takes you on a journey from the bunkers in 1944 Auschwitz to Amsterdam in 1962, following the games of chess played by a Jewish Watchmaker that will ultimately result in lives won... More

Hardback edition
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11th May 2015
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