The Death's Head Chess Club

The Death's Head Chess Club

John Donoghue

SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from 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. He sets up a chess club which thrives, as the officers and enlisted men are allowed to gamble on the results of the games.

However, when Meissner learns from a chance remark that chess is also played by the prisoners he hears of a Jewish watchmaker who is 'unbeatable'.

Genre
War
Publishing Details:
Atlantic Books, 2015
ISBN:
9781782393139
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  • Fantastic book! A difficult subject to write fiction about. However, this was a very well written and thought provoking book. Couldn't put it down. A definite recommendation!

    By Melanie Graaf 5 out of 5

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