Alicia's Reviews > Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mozes Kor
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Aug 11, 12

bookshelves: abuse, adult, historical, holocaust, multicultural, nonfiction, science
Read on August 10, 2012

A very simple and powerful glimpse into Mengele's torturous medical block at Auschwitz where he systematically tested twins "in the name of science." With richer descriptions of the abuse and emotional and physical torment the twins went through on their quest to survive, this puts the twin perspective into perspective better than the book, Children of the Flames, which focused more on Mengele himself.

The descriptions of pre-war life, life at the camps, and their subsequent freedom and quest for happiness and contentment are forefront and lead to a better understanding for a generation already removed from the horrors of war and the Holocaust. While I have seen interviews with Eva Mozes Kor, the straightforward text is a lot to take in, which is why it is short but accessible, with the pictures adding a certain humanity and understanding to the Mozes fight for life.

It can be valued for it's brevity but depth to the human toll of the Holocaust and also sheds light on the workers inside Mengele's labs as well as the gypsies he included in his studies as well.
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