Book: Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz
Author: Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri
Recommend: Tough but good read. Definitely less intense than her biography for adults I’m sure…
I have always had a slight fascination with the events in Germany and other European countries in regards to the Jews during World War 2. I wonder how so many people could treat other human beings so badly. I wonder if I have been so sheltered living in a country with so much freedom in comparison that it not within my imagination to grasp what such a horrible existence could be like. Or how simple it could be end up back in a place like this. All it would talk would be one man to stand up and shout to the world that one group of people should be eliminated and for the world to stand by and do nothing.
This book tells the story of Eva and Miriam Mozes, twin girls who were taken to the death camp at Auschwitz and were tortured by Dr. Mengele because they were twins. This book tells how they survived the long year they spent in the camps and somehow avoided being killed while so many around them were dying. While the book is straight forward, it is sensitive to the target audience and the level of detail that they can handle. I found the wording a bit simplistic but I imagine that it was the coauthors attempt to keep the book at the level of their target audience. This is the first book I have read about the recollections of someone who was experimented on but the doctors, probably because so few survived the process.
Definitely a book I would recommend if you are interested the history of World War 2 and can handle some of the violence and mistreatment that is necessary in the story telling process for this subject. A good, fast-paced memoir but not an easy subject to stomach.