First Line: "The doors of the train car were thrown all the way open for the first time in many days, the light of day shining upon us like a blessing."
Random Quote: "The sunshine warmed me up a little, and I tried desperately not to tremble so that the pflergerin, or nurses, would not notice I was sick. I did not want to be taken to the infirmary. On two occasions a twin in our barracks had become sick and had been taken to the infirmary. They never came back. The matching twin had then also been taken away and they did not return either."
Review: I approached this book with some trepidation. How would it be possible to write a book about surviving Josef Mengele's twin experiments at Auschwitz? How would it be possible to teach children about this horror without traumatizing them into lifelong nightmares?
|Mengele's Twins at Liberation (image source)|
Surviving the Angel of Death took my breath away. Not only is it completely age appropriate, it is also one of the most inspiring stories of human endurance, sisterhood, and forgiveness I've ever read. It's a book that, along with The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank's diary) should be read by everyone. It's not about the history, although that matters, it's about the human spirit - perhaps the sturdiest thing we all possess.
|Eva and her twin Miriam (image source)|
Recommended for readers grade 6 and above
FTC Disclosure: Copy from the publisher for review via NetGalley - the paperback edition published by Tanglewood Press comes out in March of 2012.