Surviving the Angel of Death
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Surviving the Angel of Death

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Eva Mozes Kor was just 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. Subjected to sadistic medical experiments, she was forced to fight daily for her and her twin's survival. In this incredible...more
Kindle Edition, 141 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Tanglewood (first published September 25th 2009)
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Anna
To fully understand how extraordinary Eva and Miriam's survival is, you must realize who Josef Mengele was. Josef Mengele was known for his experiments at Auschwitz and for being the one at all of the selections. He performed open-heart surgeries, often resulting in a very painful death. He conducted numerous experiments on mostly twins, dwarfs, the handicapped, giants, or anyone else with an abnormal trait. He purposely injected one twin with some disease, then compared the twins posthumously....more
Kat
I've read a lot of memoirs in the last 10 years written by survivors of the holocaust. Shocking, haunting and enough to make your blood boil, these are unimaginable stories of loss, pain and heartbreak but also inspiring and motivating.

Surviving the Angel of Death is one of the few Holocaust books that I've read aimed primarily at a younger audience, but that doesn't make it any less shocking than accounts that are more adult-focused. In fact, being lived through the eyes of 10-year-old Eva is...more
Mike Mullin
I read the first 84 pages in one sitting, then stopped, gasping, to remind myself to breathe. The horrors of Auschwitz weren't the part of this book that most affected me. Instead it was the beginning, in which the Christian villagers slowly turned against Ms. Kor's family, and even her best friend, Luci, joined with the anti-Semites.

But the true genius of this book is the powerful epilogue. My words can't do it justice, so here are a few of Ms. Kor's, "Anger and hate are seeds that germinate wa...more
W
This short YA memoir tells the story of Eva and her sister Miriam, twin girls that survived the nightmarish genetic testing of Dr. Mengele in WWII Auschwitz. I appreciated how the author took her story to the level of the readers, though some explanations of terms I felt were a bit unnecessary for most YA readers. I felt she underestimated their vocabulary at times (for instance, when defining the term "allies"), and the writing style felt like it was geared towards perhaps a bit younger group t...more
Dorcas
I was a little worried when I picked up this book. Nazi experiments...children...just no. But something about it made me want to listen. Its a part of the camps we don't hear much about. And in this case, being a twin and therefore a "wanted prisoner" ultimately saved her life. Saved her, while so nearly killing her as well. Let's just say it bought her time. Time in which to fight for survival. And fight she did.

So how does one write a book about Nazi atrocities and make it suitable for YA? Som...more
Alex Baugh
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Majanka
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I requested a copy of Surviving the Angel of Death, even though I was worried I might not be able to stomach it. But considering the source material, considering this is a real life account of what atrocities happened during World War I, I felt like I just had to read this. I’m glad I did.

Surviving the Angel of Death is a horrifying book. Some of the stories detailed in here…they made me squirm, made my stomach turn u...more
Lisi
Ich klammerte mich an Mamas Hand. Ein SS-Mann rannte vor uns entlang. Er rief auf Deutsch: „Zwillinge! Zwillinge!“ Er stürzte vorbei, blieb dann stehen, kehrte auf dem Absatz um und kam dann zurück. Er baute sich vor uns auf. Seine Augen wanderten zwischen Miriams und meinem Gesicht hin und her und musterten unsere gleich geschnittenen weinroten Kleider. „Sind das Zwillinge?“, fragte er Mama. Sie zögerte. „Ist das gut?“ „Ja.“, sagte der Wachmann. „Sie sind Zwillinge“, antwortete Mama. Ohne ein w...more
Malissa
This is the true story (told in the 1st person) of Eva Mozes Kor who, along with her sister, was one of the many twins that Dr. Joseph Mengele used for experimentation purposes in Auschwitz. There were several things that I especially liked about this book. It's obviously a horrible story, but it's told here in a way that I think kids as young as jr. high could handle and be interested in. I also really, really liked that the story continued past the liberation of Auschwitz and ended when Eva an...more
Danielle Stoll
Mar 25, 2013 Danielle Stoll rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Danielle by: Eva Kor
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Eva Kor witness crimes against humanity while simultaneously being a victim of some of those same crimes. She and her twin sister Miriam kept each other alive at Auschwitz-Birkenau as they suffered humiliation, degradation, hunger pains, illness, dysentery, and more, most of which resulted not just from simply being concentration camp prisoners, but from being human test subjects to Dr. Josef Mengele. At 141 pages, this short-lived book is a first-person account from Eva Kor ab...more
Ashley Ziemer
Eva Mozes Kor and her sister are Jewish twins, which means two things: one, they are destined to be shipped off like cattle to a Nazi camp, and two, they will become living experiments for the "Angel of Death." At just ten years of age, Eva must endure and survive the unthinkable all the while protecting her twin. Her story is amazingly horrific. The book depicts Eva's life just prior to being rounded up and shipped off to Auschwitz, her time of experimentation under Dr. Josef Mengele (the Angel...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This story reminded me a lot of Night by Elie Wiesel it was a very short story of this particular author's memories of what happened to her and her sister during the war. It is of course a little less detailed and horrific as the book Night was. This book would be a good addition to school libraries and classrooms to help lead discussions on the war and what the people experienced above and beyond what most classrooms see through the story of Anne Frank.
Eva and her twin sister are the focus of...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for TeensReadToo.com

When twins Eva and Miriam Mozes were ten years old, the Nazis invaded their home in Romania and forced their family onto a train that would take them to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

When they got off the train, their family became separated. They never knew what happened to their father and two older sisters, Aliz and Edit. Their mother, in a desperate attempt to save her youngest daughters, answered "Is that good?" after a soldier asked if...more
Danii Anderson
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This book was very well written based on the descriptions given. I think that you can really visualize all of the disturbing events, but it's still so interesting that you can't stop reading. The ways the author described everything was like i was there myself. The fact that she is writing about herself makes it that much more spine-chilling. Those tests given to all these twins make me cringe but then again they do treat them better, not much, but better than the rest. They actually wanted to...more
Rachel Vance
This book tells the horrific experiences of Eva and Miriam Mozes during their time in the Nazi concentration camps. Eva and Miriam are only 10 years old when their family is arrested and placed in a cattle car with only room to stand, no food, no water, and barbed wire on the tiny windows. At the end of the train ride they are relieved until they see where they've arrived, the Auschwitz concentration camp. They are immediately ripped from the father, mother, and sisters, never to see them again,...more
Ramisa
Surviving the Angel of Death became a favourite book of mine the minute I began reading. Most of the historical memoirs I’ve read are lengthy, require background knowledge and overwrought. Surviving the Angel of Death is written in a simple, beautiful manner (I don’t believe I had to look up a single book in a dictionary; a vast contrast to most other books) and only focuses on the facts with small emotive icons. The other thing I loved was how informative the book was, and somebody with little...more
Bridget
Apr 10, 2013 Bridget rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bridget by: Melody
Shelves: 2013, ya
I dearly wish my adolescent self could have read this book. I was very interested in WWII as a kid and I read anything I could get my hands on, which meant that sometimes I read stuff that was way above my level. This book is written for a YA audience and it somehow manages to tell a truly harrowing story - about horrible things that happened to a CHILD, which is especially affecting - in a completely YA-appropriate way.

I was worried that I would be haunted by what happens in this book, but inst...more
Ken Kugler
Having read many books on the holocaust I can say that this book would make a good story for a younger reader. That being said, I would also say that Eva Mozews, the "twin" in the title is not a strong story teller. She does a very good job of conveying her tale but there are too many parts that seem thin. Maybe it is the amount of time that has gone by or the wish not to go too deeply into her memories. It might also be because she does not want to shock the intended audience too much.
If you k...more
Doreen
Aug 26, 2014 Doreen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bill
Recommended to Doreen by: saw it at the library
Eva Mozes Kor is more than a Holocaust survivor. She is a strong, successful woman. She has taken her horrific experience as a young girl in Auschwitz and parlayed that into a career of writing and lecturing; her museum serves to educate people about the atrocities at Auschwitz.

As a twin, she and her sister, along with other sets of twins, endured dangerous experiments performed on their bodies by the disgusting, inhuman Dr. Mengele. The twins were studied and used as human guinea pigs at Meng...more
Devon
The author of this book was in a nearby city a few months ago and I dearly wanted to go but could not as it was the winter and bad weather conditions for travelling. A co-worker went and got this book, had it signed, and told me I ought to read it as she had done so and enjoyed it.

I did not know going in that it was for younger readers, but that was readily made apparent within the first few pages. I probably would enjoy her adult book more as it would be on my level, but this was good as well.

I...more
Midgetbee
There are some stories so shocking, so utterly appalling that it's hard to comprehend the how of it, let alone the why. Eva Mozes and her twin sister Miriam were taken to Auschwitz at age ten and selected to be a part of Josef Mengele's experiments. Before that they'd had to watch as their friends and schoolmates turned on them, shunning them as 'dirty Jews'. When the Mozes were evicted from their home the whole village, including the twins' former best friend, stood outside their houses and wat...more
Alice
Surviving the Angel of Death is the story of a Holocaust survivor, Eva Mozes Kor. At age 10, Eva and her twin sister Miriam become a set of Dr. Mengele’s experimental “twins.” In the hopes of making an important scientific discovery, Dr. Mengele performs horrifying experiments on twins, dwarfs, gypsies and the handicapped. Upon arrival at the concentration camp Auschwitz, the Nazis separate 10-year-old twins Eva and Miriam from the rest of their family. Weakened with unsanitary conditions, humil...more
Linda Dexheimer
Linda Dexheimer
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This is a very difficult subject to write a book about let alone write a biography about the experiences of two children during the Holocaust. Eva (a character and one of the authors) tells the story from the time she was 6 years old and her battle to protect her twin sister during their time of imprisonment with Dr. Josef Mengele who used them for 'medical research'. The story is poignant but will attract readers and those interested in the subject.
Kirstyn
Hearing about Dr. Mengele and the horrific things he did to people is one thing..to read a firsthand account from a survivor is quite another. From finishing reading Eva and her twin's story, I immediately researched more about the atrocities that happened at the hands of this "doctor." It is amazing to me that she is able to forgive him, as well as other Nazis, after everything they were put through. Her story is heartbreaking, but one that must be shared-future generations need to learn about...more
Nicola
It’s hard to know how to review a book as harrowing as this. Shorter than your average history book and constructed in an intentionally straightforward manner, in order to appeal to young adults, Surviving the Angel of Death is nonetheless tough-going. I read it in a single sitting simply because I knew if I put it down I’d never pluck up the courage to pick it up again.

Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister, 10 at the time they entered Auschwitz, were given ‘special treatment’ in the concentration c...more
Margaret
1/26/14 ** An important contribution to the body of work on the Holocaust survivors. The first author is a survivor of Auschwitz and the experiments that Josef Mengele conducted on twins. The story begins with her birth in 1934 and continues with her experiences as a member of the only Jewish family in her village in Rumania. Late in the war her family was first taken to a ghetto and subsequently to Auschwitz where she stayed until the liberation of the camp in 1945. The book continues with her...more
Clarissa
Sometimes a review is long and it doesn't need to be. This book is one everyone should read if possible. I cried, I was filled with joy and heartbreak..the Holocaust survivors who have written their stories or spoken them...I am thankful for their courage and endurance, in that they can reach inside of themselves and go back to that place in their lives and and relive it so that no one forgets. And we shouldn't forget because it shouldn't happen again. (Yet, it does in other countries and will l...more
Jess
It is hard to rate a book about such a sensitive topic. To say I liked the book feels like I agree with what happened which I'm horrified by. Holocaust books delve into the true essence of darkness that is present in a society. But in that darkness there is light and I feel like it is important to recognize what humans are capable of in terms of violence, survival, and forgiveness. This book is well written and it gives you a true sense of the horror that Jewish people and other minorities faced...more
Johanna Panko
Apr 09, 2014 Johanna Panko rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Holocaust or history buffs
Recommended to Johanna by: Netgalley
Thanks netgalley for a free read in exchange for a review.
Wow, my heart goes out to the people that endured this hateful man and his evil experiments. Words can not express the emotion I felt reading about two young girls, and there journey through the Holocaust. I am speechless. This book was written through the eyes of the stronger twin, and it was horrifying. I could not imagine actually living to tell the tale. There really is no entertainment value because this isn't entertainment to read a...more
Marjorie
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This book is about the Holocaust and what happened in Auschwitz. Josepf Mengele experimented with many of the prisoners there. He was very interested in twins. Eva and her sister were subjected to these experiments because they were twins. It was a great book. One that children who are studying about that time in history should include in their studies. It is not as graphic as many other books but it does the job of telling the story.
I highly recommend this book t...more
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The identical twins Eva Mozes Kor and Miriam Mozes survived the deadly genetic experiments conducted by The Angel of Death, Josef Mengele, in Auschwitz. Their parents, grandparents, two older sisters, uncles, aunts, and cousins were killed ..

The sisters were put through many extremely brutal surgeries and experiments by Mengele, who experimented mainly on twins. Eva later recalled:

"I was given fiv...more
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