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Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

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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 medica ...more
Hardcover, 141 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by Tanglewood (first published 2009)
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May 29, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
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
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 time. ...more
Mike Mullin
Dec 12, 2010 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Katlynn Thompson
Nov 01, 2015 Katlynn Thompson rated it it was amazing
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
Alex Baugh
Sep 08, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
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May 05, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it
I received a free electronic copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.

A very well-written memoir about the mishaps two twins go through while traveling from a small town in Romania to Auschwitz and then spending several years in the concentration camp. My only complaint is that I could notice that the writer wasn't a native English speaker, but that didn't bother me a whole lot considering the entire quality of the book. This is a heart-warming story of two sisters that manage to
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
Jul 05, 2016 L.P. Logan rated it it was amazing
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.
May 12, 2014 Majanka rated it it was amazing
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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 14, 2016 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Khwaish Vohra
Jul 11, 2016 Khwaish Vohra rated it really liked it
As I had just visited Auschwitz, the book complemented what I had seen quite nicely. A lot of the scenes in the book reminded me of the various parts of the camp. This author's story is inspiring as she had a drive within her to survive and she is the main reason that she and her twin sister survived Mengele, the angel of death.
The only reason why I haven't given this book a complete 5 stars is because of the style it was written. Perhaps it was targeted at a younger audience as the book is wri
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
* 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
Dec 29, 2015 Monserrat rated it really liked it
Eva and her sister were used in experiments so that Germans could figure out how to replicate the "perfect race" in multiple numbers, also to find out cures for other infections, and possibly to figure out how to change people's gender. They were one pair of many twins used. They were given "special" treatment but they still starved, lived in horrendous conditions and lost most of their family just because they practiced a particular type of religion.

Whenever I read this type of book, it's a ve
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
Jan 19, 2011 Malissa rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Ashley Ziemer
Oct 30, 2012 Ashley Ziemer rated it it was amazing
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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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Danii Anderson
Jan 08, 2013 Danii Anderson rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel Vance
Mar 28, 2011 Rachel Vance rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 11, 2016 Jenn rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot today. I learned that Dr. Mengele was much more monstrous than I ever could have imagined. I learned that twins were treated as "special" yet had to go though so much more pain and agony than anyone else in Auschwitz. Starving, Guinea pigs, I felt for these poor children! And yet, Eva and Miriam managed to survive. Not only did they survive the camps, but they survived the Romanian communism and found the need to forgive.
Sarah Davies
Mar 01, 2016 Sarah Davies rated it really liked it
Fantastic book, I was worried about reading this because I wondered how graphic the book would be. But this story has been beautifully written with some very poignant moments.

I can not believe at the end of what Eva and Miriam had gone through Eva was so willing to offer forgiveness to the Nazi doctors that used the children as live experiments.

Great book well worth a read!
Apr 10, 2013 Bridget rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bridget by: Melody
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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
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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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