Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Surviving the Angel of Death

Eva Mozes Kor was 10 years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. Mengele's twins were granted the privileges of keeping their own clothes and hair, but they were also subjected to sadistic medical experiments and forced to fight daily for their own survival, as most of the twins died as a result of the experiements or from the disease and hunger pervasive in the camp. In a narrative told with emotion and restraint, readers will learn of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil. The book also includes an epilogue on Eva's recovery from this experience and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she has dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I read this book in a few hours. The story that Kor tells is heart breaking. Her mother was led to believe by a evil man that twins was a good thing in the camp. Kor was forced to undergo horrific medical experiments when she was just a small girl.
The picture on the cover is her and her twin when the camp was liberated. She now has a museum and there is a wonderful documentary she made called "Forgiving Dr. Mengele. The fact she is able to forgive the man that put her through that is simply amazing. I have so much respect for her.
I highly recommend this book and the documentary to anyone.


Anna said...

I read about Kor in Children of the Flames. What a heartbreaking story. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I hope it's okay to link to your post on War Through the Generations.

IntrovertedJen said...

Someone else recommended this book as well. I cannot imagine finding the strength to forgive that man.