Surviving the Angel of Death

Grade B+

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.

My Review
I love books about WW2, I think the people who survived are strong and amazing and I am grateful that there are those survivors who are willing to tell their story so that no one ever forgets what happened and hopefully nothing like it will ever happen again. The only down side of this book was it was a little too watered down and vague. I know it was written for a younger audience but it was just edited a little too much. I think that sometimes it is good for teenagers to know more details of how terrible and inhumane humans can be and what prejudice will do to people. Other than that I loved this book and I would recommend it to people who love WW2 books.

No comments: