|I will protect you : a true story of twins who survived Auschwitz|
Author: Kor, Eva Mozes
A memoir of a young girl's childhood in wartime Romania, unlikely survival as a "Mengele twin" subjected to cruel Nazi medical experiments in Auschwitz, and postwar journey to forgiveness.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Davidson, Danica|
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Kirkus Reviews (11/01/21)
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Booklist - 12/15/2021 In 1944, 10-year-old identical twins Eva and Miriam, along with their Jewish family, were taken by cattle car to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. There the two girls were separated from their family by the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele, who was fascinated by twins and wished to conduct experiments on them. Indeed, one of those experiments left Eva deathly ill. Taken to the camp hospital to die, she managed to survive despite the monstrous Mengele’s laughing assertion that she had only two weeks to live. Her survival was due in large part to her stubborn, indomitable will, even though, as she states, “We twins were his property now.” Her reports of life in the camp are sobering and and Kor charts the years of her life after Auschwitz’s liberation and her dedication to sharing her story. An afterword by Davidson adds a modern perspective on the Holocaust and antisemitism in the U.S., as well as insight into her collaborative writing process with Kor, who died in 2019. A compelling story of survival. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2022 Gr 3–7—In 1941, at the ages of seven, Eva Mozes Kor and her twin Miriam were already experiencing antisemitism. The small village of Portz on the border between Hungary and Romania was not beyond the grasp of the Third Reich. Kor remembers going to the picture show and watching a movie called, "How to Kill a Jew" where a Jewish father and son were running away from Germans with guns, hunting them for sport. In schools, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," a fabricated document about the evils of the Jewish race, was being taught as truth. In 1943, the girls' father tried to take the family and flee into the night, but it was too late. They were made to be prisoners in their own home. The following year, the Nazis invaded Hungary, and the family was forced to wear the Star of David patches on their clothes. Later, they were transported to Auschwitz. The family was immediately separated, and the twins were taken to Dr. Mengele for experimentation. Eva and Miriam endured starvation, medical experiments, and countless other atrocities. They made it out of Auschwitz when the Soviets liberated their camp, but their lives would never be the same. Many Holocaust books make a passing reference to these twin experiments, but Kor gives readers a firsthand and disturbing account. The narrative flows well and is accessible for middle schoolers. Even though the memoirist is between the ages of seven and ten during most of the work, this is more appropriate for older readers. The gripping story and fast-paced chapters make this a valuable purchase for reluctant readers. VERDICT In a world where most people who lived the Holocaust are no longer with us, this book is a sincere and truthful reminder of this horrific event.—Jeni Tahaney - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.