The Twins of Auschwitz: The inspiring true story of a young girl surviving Mengele’s hell
by Eva Mozes Kor, with Lisa Rojany Buccieri
Published on: 6/08/2020
Source: eARC from Netgalley
Genre: Memoir, history, WW2
My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins.
In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz.
Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death: Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old.
While twins at Auschwitz were granted the ‘privileges’ of keeping their own clothes and hair, they were also subjected to Mengele’s sadistic medical experiments. They were forced to fight daily for their own survival and many died as a result of the experiments, or from the disease and hunger rife in the concentration camp.
In a narrative told simply, with emotion and astonishing restraint, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.
Also included is an epilogue on Eva’s incredible recovery and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and worked toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world.
*I received a eARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review*
To tell the truth, before I read this book I didn’t even know about the Twins experiments that happened in Auschwitz. When I was in school I did study about Hitler and Nazis but there was nothing about Dr. Mengele in our books. I love learning about things that I know nothing about, so that is one of the big reasons, I loved this book. Now, saying I enjoyed reading this book would be wrong and insulting because it is an absolutely heart breaking story, but what I want to say is, I am so grateful that I read this book, because or else I would have spent my whole life never knowing about the horrors of what Dr. Mengele subjected little children to.
The Twins of Auschwitz was a truly heartbreaking story. Not only the part where the twins were in Auschwitz but also after and before that. Think about being bullied by classmates and verbally abused by teacher when you were only 9-10 years of age. Think about learning that there will be a video played before every movie, talking about 3 ways to kill people of your culture. Just think, that is what this two little girls and countless other children had to go through everyday, and that too even before the real horrors of their life began. I can’t even imagine how much pain these little children went through.
Another thing I really liked about this book was it didn’t end with Eva and Miriam’s liberation from Auschwitz, this book also included a bit about their life under the communist regime and also about their life later on.
For me, the most inspiring part of The Twins of Auschwitz was after Eva met Dr. Munch, because the step she took after that was so brave, I am not saying that the rest of the story was not inspiring because it was, but this part, it takes a lot of strength to do what she did.
I urge you all to also read the Afterword, because that part is, in my opinion really important if you want to truly understand Eva.
What I didn’t like:
Now I hate to add this section to this review because how can you critcise someone’s life story? But for the sake of properly reviewing this book I need to. So, the reason I didn’t give this book a 5 star is because of the way this book was written. Okay, so the way it was written, I was mostly a spectator all throughout. This book was narrated like this happened then this happened, in this way. There were only a few instances where I actually felt I was in Eva’s head. I think this is why I felt an emotional disconnect with Eva in quite a few places.
Read this book. Seriously that is all I want to say, need to say. Just read this book.
With this one I finish the fourth book for the 2020 Non-fiction Reader Challenge hosted by Book’d Out!!!