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Another shocking, yet inspiring account of the Holocaust survivors,
This review is from: Children of the Flames: Dr Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Children of Auschwitz (Paperback)
Since GCSE history I have been an avid reader of books relating to the Holocaust, and despite some people thinking that this is a slightly strange interest, I think it is truly important that we take note of those who survived atrocities worse than what most of us can even begin to comprehend. This book is a truly harrowing account of the Dr Mengele who in one moment chose whether an innocent human would live or die. What shocked me is the transformation from a young, happy child into the most evil villian Auschwitz. Then there are the twins, children whose mothers volunteered them in the hope that it would save them. It did to an extent, the twins were priviledged amongst the Auschwitz population, they lived a life that the other prisioners would have dreamt for but yet they endured the most hideous, unecessary "procedures", most dying, some dying and a slow painful death and others left with the horrific memory of their time in Auschwitz. I loved this book and what will stay with me is the story of the Stern sisters and the last time they saw the mother. I cannot imagine the horror that they suffered.Read this book, if simply for the review on the front, we cannot ignore the words of the Holocaust survivors until each last one has told their story and we have listened.