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  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press (30 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933718285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933718286
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.7 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is an essential purchase for libraries with a Holocaust collection, but it would also be a valuable addition to any library with young impressionable readers." -- VOYA --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Among Holocaust survivor stories, Eva Kor's experience as a 10-year-old guinea pig of Dr. Josef Mengele in Auschwitz is exceptional. It is the story of a child facing extraordinary evil and cruelty, written for young teens by an award-winning author, Lisa Rojany Buccieri. Eva Kor has been the subject of a documentary, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, and other media coverage.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kat on 7 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read a lot of memoirs in the last 10 years written by survivors of the holocaust. Shocking, haunting and enough to make your blood boil, these are unimaginable stories of loss, pain and heartbreak but also inspiring and motivating.

Surviving the Angel of Death is one of the few Holocaust books that I've read aimed primarily at a younger audience, but that doesn't make it any less shocking than accounts that are more adult-focused. In fact, being lived through the eyes of 10-year-old Eva is in some ways even more heartbreaking.

The writing is honest and straightforward with no feeling of events being romanticized or dumbed-down in order not to shock the reader. As Eva fights for both her own life and the life of her sister, my admiration grew stronger by the line for this tough, spirited child who used her own experiences to help others become inspired and to understand exactly how much forgiveness can achieve.

Enjoyed is not the right word for a book about the Holocaust - enthralled, enraged, saddened and admiration are more apt descriptions, that completely sum up my feelings after I turned the last page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
When twins Eva and Miriam Mozes were ten years old, the Nazis invaded their home in Romania and forced their family onto a train that would take them to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

When they got off the train, their family became separated. They never knew what happened to their father and two older sisters, Aliz and Edit. Their mother, in a desperate attempt to save her youngest daughters, answered "Is that good?" after a soldier asked if they were twins.

"Good" was a subjective concept, because Eva and Miriam were immediately torn from their mother's arms, and she was sent to the gas chamber while they were taken to the laboratory barracks for those who would become Dr. Joseph Mengele's experiments. This book is the story of how they survived the horrors that ensued.

Adapted from Eva Mozes Kor's self-published memoir, ECHOES FROM AUSCHWITZ: DR. MENGELE'S TWINS, THE STORY OF EVA AND MIRIAM MOZES, this book gives a heartbreaking view into two Jewish children's lives during the Holocaust. Though the subject matter is graphic and sensitive, Eva Mozes Kor's breathtaking ability to forgive Joseph Mengele for his atrocities, as well as her ability to overcome unimaginable cruelties, provide hope for all children who have gone through terrible experiences.

Keep a box of tissues at hand, because this book is one of the most challenging emotional roller coasters I have ever read. Definitely worth reading for people of all ages.

Reviewed by: Theresa L. Stowell
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S J Keeler on 17 Jun 2012
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This is a fascinating memoir of a survivor of Auschwitz. Eva Kor and her twin sister, Miriam were subjected to horrific scientific experiments by the 'Angel of Death' (Josef Mengele). This is a version of her biography which is aimed at young adults, although I feel that adults alike should read this as well.

The twins were born in Romania, and this tells us of their struggles as a Jewish family as Germany begin to take over their country. They lose the rest of their immediate family, including their parents and other siblings. This is an emotional and often difficult read. Eva shows her strength as she manages to survive and helps her sister to as well, such as stealing potatoes for them as Miriam almost gives up.

This is also a story of hope though as it details their journey home and subsequent life. Eva is someone to be admired as she has spent most of her life helping others and highlighting the plight of thousands and her decision to publicly forgive the Nazis who imprisoned them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Snejana Sindiakonova on 24 Feb 2012
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Evry one, who respect himsels has to reed the book.Honestly, speeking about my self I am thinking that if I have such an horrible part in my life will never be able to forgive such monsters. I am paying a big repect to the autor and wish her "Ad 120!"

Snejana
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Beverley J. Matthews on 29 May 2012
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Once I started reading it I could not put it down. Eva & Miriam are jewish twins whose parents & sisters were sent straight to the gas chambers as soon as they arrived. Eva & Miriam were to become Josef Mengles guinea pigs. The horrendous treatments he tested out on them OMG. I can't believe someone could be so evil to adults He treated them bad but if you were a child it was even worse. Eva is the strongest out of the twins, it is a good job she was or they may have not survived. Miriam is/was more quite they both needed each others strengths to survive. If you have not already read this book then please do. We cannot forget all those people who died at the hands of the Nazis- men women young and old, children, the disabled, sexual orientation. Other religious beliefs, political, prisoners of war who should not have been sent to a concentration cam in the 1st place. They should have been in POW camps. Mengle had children of his own, how could he do such things. PLEASE READ
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Taisa on 2 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. The story cuts so deep into your own emotions. This story needs to be read by everyone. This time in history should never EVER be forgotten. I have never read much about Dr Mengele but always found him fascinating. To know the evil things that he has done disgusts me. I believe that this story really doesn't explore the extent of the evil that was carried out, so now it has made me want to find out more... nevertherless Eva's heartbreaking story was so inspiring. I couldn't see through my tears to read the last sentence. A must buy!!
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