Written for upper elementary and middle school students, this is the first person account of Eva Kor's experience during the Holocaust. It uses simpleWritten for upper elementary and middle school students, this is the first person account of Eva Kor's experience during the Holocaust. It uses simple almost child-like language, and while the content is disturbing, there are no graphic details. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were only 10 years old when they arrived at Auschwitz. They were spared immediate death in the gas chamber only to be subjected to Dr. Mengele's experiments. Miraculously, they survived, due in part to their "privileged prisoner" status as Mengele's test subjects.
The narrative briefly touches on Eva's life before and after World War II, and the author includes a short epilogue that describes her decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. For a more detailed account of Eva Kor's forgiveness of the war crimes committed against herself and her family, see the documentary film "Forgiving Dr. Mengele." Her idea of forgiveness is more along the line of Oprah's definition, "Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different," rather than the Christian concept, but it is, nevertheless, extraordinary....more
Survival in Auschwitz is the painful memoir written by the Italian chemist Primo Levi who, after being on the lam as a result of Italy's racial purity Survival in Auschwitz is the painful memoir written by the Italian chemist Primo Levi who, after being on the lam as a result of Italy's racial purity laws during World War II, was caught and sent to the subcamp Monowitz-Buna in 1944.
Levi's description of life in the camps is gritty than Elie Wiesel's depiction in Night and intellectual rather than poetic. Oddly enough, Levi begins by being thankful that he only in the concentration camps for a single year, that the year of his imprisonment was 1944 to 1945 when everything was breaking down and prisoners had longer life spans, and that he escaped the death march to Buchenwald as the Russian forces closed in. Like many other Holocaust survivors he attributes his own survival greatly to luck and chance rather than cleverness and providence. His story tells some of the more brutal aspect of the camps, and Levi outlines how to in order live longer than three months required a great deal of calculation, theft, organized scheming, and refusal to pity or help one's fellow inmates.
It's an important shard of history if you want to understand the genocide that took place in Europe during the Nazi regime. ...more
I enjoyed this account so much more than The Diary of Anne Frank. I read the diary of Anne Frank in school when I was in my teens, and while it is a hI enjoyed this account so much more than The Diary of Anne Frank. I read the diary of Anne Frank in school when I was in my teens, and while it is a historically important document, I had to force myself to finish it. The day-to-day tedium of life in hiding and Anne's introspection throughout it did not speak to me. However, Miep's account of how she helped hide the Franks and the others as well as her own life and struggle just to survive in wartime occupied Netherlands is very compelling and fascinating. ...more
Heartbreaking. The saddest part wasn't the longing for home or depictions of cruelty they children witnessed and suffered. It was the endnotes. Each cHeartbreaking. The saddest part wasn't the longing for home or depictions of cruelty they children witnessed and suffered. It was the endnotes. Each contained a bare handful of facts about the child artists and poets: name, date and place of birth, date of deportation to Terezin, date of transport to Auschwitz, and the date of death. Almost none of the children whose art fills this book survived. A bottle filled with the light of extinguished stars might give one the same sense of hopelessness or hope. ...more