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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 Press (first published 2009)
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Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri was a heart wrenching account of the barbaric experiments done on young Jewish children by Dr. Josef Mengele. When Eva was a young child, her and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Because Eva and her sister were twins, they were separated from their family and brought to Dr Mengele. Sadly, they never saw their older sisters or their parents again. The things done to these children by
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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
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
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
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
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
Jun 17, 2012 W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012-read
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
Alex Baugh
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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.
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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
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
Hannah Walker
The author’s purpose is show you what Doctor Josef Mengele did to twins during the Holocaust. The author wants you to see what Eva Mozes and her twin sister (and many other twins) had to go through when they were in Auschwitz. Dr. Mengele did deadly medical experiments, ejecting viruses into their bodies, cutting body parts off one twin and sewing them onto the other twin. When you read, you feel like you are right next to Eva the whole time, watching everything that happens to her. You wish you ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr 10, 2013 Bridget rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
This book tells the story of the experiments that took place on twins in Auschwitz which is something you don't hear much about. It was shocking, but not too graphic as it is cut down for younger readers, and leaves you thinking about it long after you've finished.
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
Andrea Galbusieri
I would never dare rate an experience such as Eva Mozes Kor's; the 3 star rating is for omission rather than content. Judging by the title, I thought there would be much more information about Mengele and his staff and their interaction with the twins.
I was unaware at first that this was a book for young adults and, thus, was a little disappointed in the writing. In hindsight, however, I think the book is very appropriate for young adults and can easily be read by younger teens as well, giving
The atrocities of the Holocaust should never be forgotten. This novel of the life and experiences of an Auschwitz/ Dr. Mengele survivor is a fascinating recounting of her experiences. It is written with a younger target audience in mind and would be a good introduction to this subject. The majority of the tale focuses on the author's 10 year old self, and Eva is an industrious, intelligent young girl.

The novel reads as if you are speaking to someone about their memories. There is no real concep
This book is a biography of a pair of identical twins that starts in the village of Portz in Transylvania (Romania). as the only Jewish family in this village, Eva and Miriam live in relative innocence with their parents and two older sisters. When two new teachers come with nazi textbooks, the twins are called "dirty Jews." They beg their parents not to go to school, but to no avail. The father tries to find passage to Israel to live but are too late. The whole family is gathered up and taken t ...more
Amy M
This is a YA memoir about a set of twins who not only survived living in a concentration camp, but also survived the evil Dr. Mengele's experiments. Growing up in a small village, it didn't matter that Eva's family was Jewish - until it did. Her fellow villagers turned their backs on Eva's family when WWII heated up, and her entire family was sent to Auschwitz. Eva and her identical twin, Miriam, were separated from her sister and parents upon arrival at the camp, and they never saw them again.

Amy Saathoff
I think that the author, Eva Mozes Kor, purpose in writing this book was to teach future generations and prevent something like the holocaust and human experiments from happening again. In this book Eva and her twin sister Miriam living together in Auschwitz. They were ripped away from their family and forced into being experimented on by Doctor Mengele, and many other horrors. With as many horrible things that they went through I think that Eva just wants to make sure nothing like this ever hap ...more
Madilyn Fornoff
I think that the authors purpose in writing this book was to try and prevent something like this from happening again. In this book Eva and her twin sister Miriam go through many problems together in Auschwitz. From starving, illnesses, Doctor Mengele, and many more. With as many horrible things that they went through I think that Eva just wants to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. “I hope in some small way, to send the world a message of forgiveness; a message of peace, a message ...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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