Thanks to NetGalley and Tanglewood for the opportunity to review Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri! This non-fiction account of a set of ten-year-old twins is heart-wrenching, but also inspiring. It describes the twins’ experiences with Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor known as the Angel of Death. The story begins in the Romanian village where the Mozes family resides. I am saddened at how easily people are swayed into prejudice – even children! Even the Mozes family friends turned against them, once the Nazis took over their village. The family’s terrifying trip to, and ultimate seperation at Auschwitz, are brought to life by Eva’s recollections of this horrible time.
I greatly admire Eva Mozes. She moved past the trauma and helped many other Holocaust survivors by founding the CANDLES organization. She also founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
She lives by the following three principles:
- Never ever give up on yourself or your dreams, for everything good in life is possible.
- Judge people on their actions and the content of their character.
- Forgive your worst enemy and forgive everyone who has hurt you – it will heal your soul and set you free.