Surviving the Angel of Death
This short YA memoir tells the story of Eva and her sister Miriam, twin girls that survived the nightmarish genetic testing of Dr. Mengele in WWII Auschwitz. I appreciated how the author took her story to the level of the readers, though some explanations of terms I felt were a bit unnecessary for most YA readers. I felt she underestimated their vocabulary at times (for instance, when defining the term “allies”), and the writing style felt like it was geared towards perhaps a bit younger group than the typical YA readers.
This is a topic that I’ve done very little reading on, mostly because I tend to get very engrossed in the emotions of books, and so I tend to avoid topics which I know may drag me into feelings of depression or hopelessness. Most likely due to the author’s incredible acceptance and ability to forgive her tormentors, as well as her child-like perspective and determination to save herself and her sister, I never felt that despair and helplessness. Instead, what stood out to me was the author’s strength, courage, resourcefulness, and — finally — her amazing, compassionate gift of forgiveness.
A great, short YA read that I’d highly recommend for those interested in learning more about the Nazi mistreatment of the Jews during WWII.