Surviving the Angel of Death – Alice’s Pick of the Day 1/12/2010

I have not read Surviving the Angel of Death, written by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri, but today while working in the bookstore I read many wonderful and inspiring reviews of this book and now I can hardly wait to meet Eva Mozes Kor when she visits Hooray For Books! on February 4.   Surviving the Angel of Death is a true story, written for teens who are comfortable learning about the experience of a child in Auschwitz.  Eva Mozes Kor was 10 years old when she arrived in Auschwitz.  Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were not sent to the gas chamber like their parents and two older sisters.    Instead, because they were twins, they were put under the care of Dr. Josef Mengele, also known as the Angel of Death.   The twins were subjected to sadistic medical experiments and forced to fight daily for their own survival.  In a narrative told with emotion and restraint, readers will learn of a child’s endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.   This is a story told about Eva both before and after the Holocaust, a story of recovery and forgiveness.   One reviewer wrote, “the difficult subject matter was presented with sensitivity and grace.”  Another reviewer wrote, “the reader comes away with the feeling that even in the midst of the unspeakable, people can survive and go on to have satisfying lives.”   I can’t wait to read this book!!  I hope you can join us when Eva Mozes Kor visits Hooray For Books! on Thursday, February 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Surviving the Angel of Death:  The Story of Mengele Twin in Auschwitz, written by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri, Tanglewood Press, October 2009, $14.95

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