Kor and Buccieri tell the story of how Kor and her twin sister survived Auschwitz; this new edition, published posthumously following Kor’s death in 2019, includes an extensive afterword.
In 1944, when Eva and her identical twin, Miriam, were 10, their family of six was taken from their small Romanian village and sent to Auschwitz. Upon their arrival at the camp, Eva and Miriam were separated from their family, whom they never saw again. Twin children and teens arriving at Auschwitz were selected by Dr. Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death, to be used as test subjects in his scientific experiments. In straightforward language the book relates the twins’ daily routines, including lab experiments and occasions on which they suffered serious brushes with death as the result of injections they were given. Many of the memories related come across as rough sketches, though some graphic details are included. Following their liberation from Auschwitz in 1945, Eva goes on to chart their path back to Romania, from there to Israel, and finally her immigration to America, where she became an outspoken advocate and organizer for Holocaust remembrance. The afterword provides more background and insight into the last decade of Kor’s life and her controversial decision to forgive the Nazis as an act of personal healing.
A significant contribution to the history of the Holocaust.
(afterword, author’s note, photo credits, additional resources)
Pub Date: today
Page Count: 215
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
Review Posted Online: July 27, 2020
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020