Thursday, 16 May 2013

Surviving the Angel of Death
By Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri
Summary courtesy of

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 medical experiments and forced to fight daily for their own survival, as most of the twins died as a result of the experiements or from the disease and hunger pervasive in the camp.

In a narrative told with emotion and restraint, readers will learn of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil. The book also includes an epilogue on Eva's recovery from this experience and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis.

Through her museum and her lectures, she has dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world.


Surviving the Angel of Death is a harrowing read but a necessary one, its a reminder of mans intolerance and hatred of their fellow man, and of one mans horrific experiments on pregnant woman and twins.

Although this subject is horrific the author has aimed this at young readers, she hasn't sugar coated any of the events and gives an honest pro trail of this abhorrent moment in history.

I felt a range of emotions while reading this book- sadness, hope, fear and admiration. I would definitely recommend this book to any reader over the age of twelve years old.

5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this recommendation, Joanne. Being introduced to the holocaust by John Boyne has tremendously affected me emotional wise and has given me a stories I truly don't think I'll forget. I look forward to reading this book very much.