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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 2009)
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4 stars - Horrific story of Romanian Jewish twins at Auschwitz.

This is a short and heartbreaking account of Eva Mozes Kor's experience during WWII, being captured at the age of 10 and sent with her family (including her twin sister, Miriam) to Auschwitz, where the twins became experimentation subjects of the notoriously evil "Dr." Mengele. While both twins ultimately survived their harrowing internment, their parents and older sisters sadly perished (likely upon arrival). Furthermore, the twin
All or most World  War II books are depressing, but this one especially so for it being 1) true and 2) about 10 year old twin girls in Auschwitz.  It's a very short book but even so it took me over a week to finish it because I had to get myself in the mood for it between readings.  Well, not that I'm ever in the mood for torture, death, and denizens of evil; but I am absolutely hooked on these books about the Nazis for reasons beyond my control and when it's time for the occasional fix, it's ti ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Surviving the Angel of Death is the true story of Eva Mozes and her twin sister Miriam and the place where they were raised . . .

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"At Auschwitz dying was so easy. Surviving was a fulltime job. We gave them our blood, our bodies, our pride, our dignity, and in turn, they let us live one more day."

Eva and Miriam began their life as normal as you or I . . .

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They were born to a middle-income family in Romania and were doted on
Lea ★
I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review is extremely hard to write, just as this book was exceptionally hard to read.
I've read dozens of book about holocaust and saw dozens of movies on this topic, but this book had a huge impact on me. Right after first few chapters, I had to put it down just to compose myself.
I knew what I was getting myself into, and I've read about Mengele experiments before, but this was very graphic.
Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor
Mike Mullin
Dec 12, 2010 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
This is the short recitation of the narrator's journey through Auschwitz to forgiveness. I swear I have read a book about her organization, CANDLES, but I cannot locate it on my list. She was only 10 when she and her twin were put through Mengele's experiments. She has little to no memory of what she experienced, what was injected or scanned, but she has a vivid recollection of camp life. This may sound insensitive, but I wish the book has been longer and more detailed.
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
Mar 25, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2017 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read, but it was a tough one. It's geared towards young readers, so it's not brutal, but you can read between the lines and what she says is still horrifying.

The entire time I was reading this, I was saying to myself, this is doomed to happen again. We are going to repeat this history.

So depressing book about the evil people can do to others, including to children. Highly recommended for all to read, and hopefully learn from, so it never happens again. Five stars.
Dara Megan
Feb 20, 2017 Dara Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masakr!! Je neskutecne, co dokazi desetilete deti, kdyz jin jde o zivot. Pud sebezachovy je silny a neskutecny! Tohle je kniha, kterou by si mel kazdy precist. A povinne. Je psana jednoduchou formou, rychle se cte, protoze Eva nic neprotahuje. Jde rovnou k veci. Na konci fotky, originalni, u kterych se mi misty zastavoval dech. Perfektne zpracovane.
Alex Baugh
Sep 08, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
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Alissa (In Wonderland)✨
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.

Wow. I read this book in one sitting. This book is both mesmerising and hard-hitting. Mrs. Kor manages to tell us of her and her sisters horrific experiences in a way that is easy to read for those who aren't educated on what was happening at the time. I am unbelievably saddened by the injustices and cruelty which she and the other prisoners experienced. I thank her for sharing this story of her bravery with
Katlynn Parsons
Nov 01, 2015 Katlynn Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is phenomenal.

I actually put off reading this book a couple of times, mainly because I wasn't really in the mood for depressing subjects. Which was a pretty big mistake because while this is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor, it is one of the most uplifting and inspirational books I've read in quite a while.

Eva Moses Kor along with her twin sister, witnessed true evil, barely managing to make it out alive. They w
Josh Caporale
Feb 01, 2017 Josh Caporale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story I am satisfied was told. There is by no means anything satisfying about a diabolically, immoral mad doctor performing deadly experiments on Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust, but it is satisfying that a survivor has stepped forward to tell her story as to what happened. I read Elie Wiesel's "Night" a few months ago and realized that there was a very similar structure: the Jewish people lost respect from others and their rights bit by bit, taken from their homes to secluded co ...more
I like the way this book is written in the first person, through the eyes of Eva, as a ten year old. It provides an insight into the torment of those tortured young people. It is a fitting record of what must be one of the worst acts of genocide.

Although this is a short volume, it certainly packs a punch. During the early pages, the way the twins and their parents had so much trust.

"Are they twins?" he asked Mama. She hesitated. "Is that good?" "Yes", said the guard. "They are tins," replied Ma
L.P. Logan
This is one of those books that you read and feel so infinitely petty and humbled afterwards; that books like these should be a part of everyone's daily reading.

We have it good.

Perhaps too good.

May we always remember those who have not, and do not have it, as good as we do. So many people have sacrificed so much to allow us to be as free, and as blessed as we are today.
Dita Murinová
Wow. Tohle byla celkem síla. Přečteno v jednom sezení, slza uroněna. Pořád tak nějak nechápu, jak to mohlo těm lidem procházet. Snad už se něco takového nikdy nestane. Must read pro všechny, kterým to není jedno. I když je to už za námi.

Recenzi si můžete přečíst tadyk.
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
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
Danii Anderson
Dec 28, 2012 Danii Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle Stoll
Feb 26, 2013 Danielle Stoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Danielle by: Eva Kor
Potential spoilers

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
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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
Jun 02, 2016 Hilary rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This may be targeted at older children, but adults will also gain from its reading. From the now-chilling phrase "we did not think it could happen to us" to the shocking propaganda films that I hadn't heard about ("How to Catch and Kill a Jew") Eva tells the story of two little girls in Romania, whose friends are turned against them and are eventually selected by Josef Mengele. In Auschwitz they begin to lose even more, and every day risk being chosen for some of the terrible experiment
Cheri Smallwood-ellerker
I received this book from netgalley for an honest review, The book was so well written and you can imagine the layout of the camp and how the prisoners of the camp looked , Eva gave her account well and not once gave up, she was so determined for herself and her twin sister that she kept fighting the demons that surrounded them everyday,
To think of Everything that she went through she is one true survivor.
Mar 07, 2016 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, true-story
* I received this copy from Net Galley and Tanglewood Press in exchange for my honest review

Eva and Miriam Mozes were twins and at 10 years old they were taking to Auschwitz in 1944. Because they were twins they were separated from there Mother, Father and Sisters and instead of being lead to the gas chambers were left in the care of Dr. Josef Mengele's.

I have some knowledge of the Angel of Death Josef Mengele having read numerous survivor stories so when I seen his name I was mentally pre-parin
Rachel Vance
Mar 28, 2011 Rachel Vance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for

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
Romana (abooknerd13)
I don't have words to tell you other than read this book. We owe it to these people to read their stories and know their suffering.
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
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
Surviving the Angel of Death is a first hand account of Eva Mozes and her twin sister's experience at Auschwitz being tested on by Dr. Mengele. Eva and her sister were only 10 years old when they entered Auschwitz and became part of Dr. Mengele's twin testing, along with thousands of other twins. Eva details her experience surviving in the horrific environment of Auschwitz and the testing that was performed on her and the other twin's in their camp. Eva's family were Jews living in Romania and w ...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
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“At Auschwitz dying was so easy. Surviving was a full time job.” 10 likes
“Every night I had nightmares. I dreamed of rats the size of cats, dead bodies, and needles stuck into me. After we found out that the Nazi's had made soup out of Jewish fat, I dreamed that soap bars spoke to me in the voices of my parents and sisters, asking me, "Why are you washing with us?” 5 likes
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