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MARCH 18, 2011
Holocaust history book reads like fiction
The new youth non-fiction book: Surviving the Angel of Death: the true story of a Mengele twin by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri is written as engagingly as any fiction book. The heart-breaking content makes you wish that it was fiction.
Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were one of many, many pairs of twins that faced sadistic and unbelievably cruel treatment at the hands of the infamous Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele of Auschwitz. The book is geared toward intermediate and teen readers, so while the content is disturbing, the details are not as graphic as an adult book on Holocaust horrors.
Eva tells the story of her childhood leading up to the sisters' lives at the concentration camp, while anti-Jewish sentiment increased in her small Hungarian village. The kinds of details included, like story problems in her elementary math textbook that referenced killing Jews, are chilling.
After losing the entire rest of her family, Eva was motivated by sheer will to survive with her sister during her time in Auschwitz and the aftermath. The story is amazing...not only the horrors they survive, but the triumph of the human spirit and ultimately, of forgiveness.