A memoir of Auschwitz aimed at young readers but should be read by all

Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri – Tanglewood Publishing, 2011

Eva Mozes was ten years old when she and her family, including her identical twin Miriam, were taken by Nazis and put in a concentration camp. Eva and Miriam were saved solely because they were twins and, therefore, valuable to Dr. Mengele, the Nazi Angel of Death, who would perform medical experiments on them along with many other sets of twins held at Auschwitz. Both Eva and her sister suffered terribly from the injections they received at the hands of the Nazi doctors. Already starving, they were left sick and suffering with no medicine for cures. The girls survived on Eva’s will power and sheer pluck.

Surviving the Angel of Death is a detailed and tragic account of the atrocities Jewish people suffered under the sick and inhumane orders of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party. It is important for young people to learn of the torture, suffering, and loss that Jews and others were forced to endure with the rise of the Nazi political party and Hitler’s mission to exterminate those he deemed unworthy of the “master race.” This book is a great source for bringing the past to children of the present. Eva Mozes Kor does an excellent job of explaining terms in a way that makes the meanings clear for young readers. Told from her point of view, she takes the readers along with her on her terrible journey and educates them along the way about war, hate, the struggle to survive, and the healing power of forgiveness. She says, “Anger and hate are seeds that germinate war. Forgiveness is a seed of peace. It is the ultimate act of self-healing.”

This book is highly recommended for young readers.


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