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Surviving the Angel of Death
by Eva Mozes Kor
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Tanglewood, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Deb Kincaid

During World War II, ten-year-old Romanian twins Eva and Miriam Mozes were crammed into a train boxcar, along with their Mama, Papa, and older sisters Edit and Aliz. Three days later the train stopped, and the boxcar door slid open. The family found themselves in the German-controlled extermination camp called Auschwitz, in Poland. German SS officers separated Eva and Miriam from their family. The girls, because they were twins, got special treatment. The rest of the family died in the gas chambers.

Josef Mengele, the evil Nazi physician, used twins when conducting sadistic, genetic experiments. Eva and Miriam both survived Auschwitz, having been liberated by the Russian Army when they were eleven years old. The story of their time in Auschwitz, how they survived by sticking together (both during and after the War), how they coped with so much deprivation, degradation, and death, and yet maintained their optimism, is an amazing account.

Eva's indomitable spirit, her fierce desire to survive the horrors of Auschwitz, is inspiring. The author does not sugarcoat Eva's and her sister's experiences, but neither does she sensationalize them. It is apparent that the authors exercised judicious restraint and balance when crafting the book in order to keep it appropriate for the age of their audience. Surviving the Angel of Death can take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank as must-reads for the informed teenager.

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