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.
Surviving the Angel of Death, by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri, is a heart wrenching account of the atrocities inflicted on twins in the Auschwitz camps. This story was originally written as Echoes From Auschwitz: Dr. Mengele’s Twins: The Story Of Eva And Miriam Mozes. When Eva Mozes wished to adapt the novel to be more suitable for a younger audience this novel came to life.
This novel gives readers a first person account of what Eva and her twin, Miriam, endured during their time in Auschwitz. It’s not a book for the feint of heart. It’s not a fast paced thriller. What it is is a compelling story that will put you in the shoes of a young girl during the worst time in our history, written in such a way that a younger audience would not be traumatized by what they are reading.
This account is written in a no nonsense, no frills style. It gives us a unique view, through the eyes of a 10 year old girl, as her and her sister are used as human guinea pigs by the notorious Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. The story of Eva and Miriam is horrific and inhuman but should I would recommend everyone read it, then give it to your teens to read. There have been many occasions of ethnic cleansing in our history but hopefully the more this atrocious behaviour is publicized the less chance there will be of future atrocities.
If you’d like a more adult version find the original, either way this book is a must read for all.