Review: Surviving the Angel of Death

Surviving the Angel of Death:

The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

by Eva Mozes Kor

Disclosure: I received this free from Netgalley

My Review:

This is a heartbreaking memoir from a woman who lived through the holocaust with her twin sister. They were subject to human experimentation at the hands of Josef Mengele. The book describes these experiences candidly but without excessive graphic language. The way it is written is neither softened or made harsher to get any point across. I have trouble saying I like this book – how can you like something that describes such a horrific time in history?

This book is written for a younger audience and is geared very well for that purpose. It includes photos and documents which all go along with her story very well. These inserts help put a lot of it into perspective – that these were real people as well as the events.
With the passage of time I feel this type of literature is growing more and more important as events like the holocaust become distant. We need literature that is actually readable so the youth of today can understand and empathize on a more personal level as opposed to just classroom texts.
I applaud the author and am in deep admiration for all that she has been able to accomplish and her willingness to speak out about her experiences.

 

 FTC Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my opinion of the book and I was provided with no other compensation.  

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