The Twins of Auschwitz

The inspiring true story of a young girl surviving Mengele's hell

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Pub Date 06 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 06 Jan 2022

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The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins.

In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz.

Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death: Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old.

While twins at Auschwitz were granted the 'privileges' of keeping their own clothes and hair, they were also subjected to Mengele's sadistic medical experiments. They were forced to fight daily for their own survival and many died as a result of the experiments, or from the disease and hunger rife in the concentration camp.

In a narrative told simply, with emotion and astonishing restraint, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.

Also included is an epilogue on Eva's incredible recovery and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and worked toward goals of forgiveness, peace, and the elimination of hatred and prejudice in the world.


The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins.

In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz.

Within thirty minutes, they were separated...

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Thank you to Octopus Publishing for the arc of The Twins Of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri.

Thank you To Eva for her inspiration and courage of her survival of Auschwitz with her sister Miriam! You are such an inspiration and I loved having your own insight on what terribly happened which shouldnt of done all them years ago it was so emotional what you miriam and your family had to go through so terrible and saddening in which shouldnt of happened but it did.. it is so heart wrenching and emotional knowing what you went through the experiments you both took part in for Dr Mengele for being twins, being bullied judged and hurt for being jewish.. that was so wrong i wish Auschwitz didnt happen but unfortunately it did but im glad i read this book as it made me have insight into what it was really like to be in the Auschwitz camps and being experimented on and what a horrible man Mengele and the Nazi really were im so sorry you and all the people who had to experience and survive this and to all the saddening deaths of the people who horrifically and was disrespectfully killed for being sick, children , jews etc! Thanks so much for this i now know what it was really like!

5 stars
definitely recommend!

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Some books, such as this, are not meant to be reviewed or rated I believe. This was a harrowing true account of what someone suffered during the war and left me in tears by the end of it. Eva's story was heartbreaking and moving and I am glad that I read it.

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The Twins of Auschwitz is such a harrowing read. I find it hard to review books such as these, because they're actually part of someone's life. But I will say that I couldn't put the book down. When I got approved for this book, I was very wary about not being able to put my review into words.
This book was a unputdownable read, and I honestly cannot recommend this book more.

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Oh my, what a powerful and heartbreaking book. Eva and Miriam, just young Jewish girls in Romania, face endless torment from their fellow students at school and neighbours as the Nazi persecution of Jews gains ground. And I think I found that the most shocking thing - that ordinary people in their home town, and later in America, should treat lovely girls so badly purely because of their race - they knew this family!

Deported to Auschwitz, the family are separated and the girls, because they are twins, become part of Josef Mengele's evil experiments in his pseudo studies on twins. Only their incredible strength of spirit enables them to survive.

The book then goes on to follow what happens after liberation - equally shocking as their family has gone, their home ransacked, even their one surviving aunt is hardly welcoming and loving to these poor girls.

And then Eva's work to explain and witness the Holocaust, and her controversial decision to publicly forgive the Nazis for what they did to her and her sister. Incredible.

The book is a great testimony to an exceptional woman. Long may her story be told.

Thank you to NetGalley, Octopus Publishing and Monoray for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful. A true story, an account from a twin girl who survived the horrific treatments and experiments of twins in auschwitz.

There are so many books and so many memoirs about nazi Germany but it’s rare to get an insight of twins. So it was an interesting read. I’m so thankful to be able to have an insight into their life and the horrors they endured.

I highly recommend everyone read this book, it’s important that we remember their story.

Thank you octopus publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.

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It’s books like this that we need to keep as a record of history. Of how brutal the human race can be. So that we can educate those so things like this never happens again.
Eva Moses Kor only survived Auschwitz with her sister Miriam because they were twin. But that does not mean they had an easy ride. They were selected for Mengeles vile experiments. Only surviving by will and chance. To be fair. The book doesn’t go into graphic details about her time as a guinea pig. But them who would want to relive the true horrors that went off. What that is described is harrowing enough.
How I would loved to have met Eva. She seemed to be an inspirational woman. I thank her for bringing her story to life.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.

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Never forget

"At Auschwitz, dying was so easy. Surviving was a full-time job."

Eva and her twin sister were just ten years old when they were deported to Auschwitz with their family. Within 30 minutes within their arrival, they were separated. They never saw their family again. Being twins, they got "special treatment" in Auschwitz. Dr. Josef Mengele, also known as "the Angel of death", conducted his infamous twin experiments on them and thousands of others. They were injected with diseases still unknown to them and sometimes went days or weeks without any food. With lots of willpower and an equal amount of luck, they survived and lived to tell their story.

"I hope to teach young people the life lessons I have learned through all my pain and everything I have been through and survived: 1. Never ever give up on yourself or your dreams, for everything good in life is possible. 2. Judge people on their actions and the content of their character. 3. Forgive your worst enemy and forgive everyone who has hurt you - it will heal your soul and set you free."

In simple words, Eva Mozes Kor tells her life story: the horrific Mengele twin experiments, barely surviving Auschwitz, finally returning back home and realizing the rest of her family won't come back, and finally making a new life for herself in Israel and later in the United States. Finally, she mentions how she was able to forgive her perpetrators, an act I still cannot fathom. The book is not an easy read, and I truly commend Eva for sharing her life story. An important book by an extremely strong and smart woman.

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Thank you to Octopus Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this biographical book.

The Twins Of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri.

This is a true story of Eva and her twin sister Miriam, was one of the many twins that Dr. Joseph Mengele used for experimentation purposes in Auschwitz. They were exposed to horrible experiments, and through outright determination, survived. This memoir gives a heartbreaking view of two Jewish children's lives during the Holocaust and it's well written and so interesting, I just don't have words for it.
This is a powerful story. It will inspire you to rise above, to celebrate life's blessings.
A truly beautiful and life-changing read. Eva Kor's story is one that should never be forgotten.

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This was very short, simple and powerful book. But within its pages is a message that even evil can be forgiven. Eva Mozes Kor landed in Auschwitz and immediately lost her family. She and her twin sister were the only survivors of her family. They were saved because they were twins.
From May 1943 until January 1945, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele worked at Auschwitz, conducting pseudo-scientific medical experiments. Many of his cruel experiments were conducted on young twins.
If you take anything from this book it is the power of forgiveness and the fortitude of the human spirit. It is a book I would urge you to read.

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Stories like this need to be told.
Beautifully written account of twin girls survival in the Auschwitz camp who were regularly used for Mengele's experiments.
Definitely recommend this book, it is an eye opener.

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# Twins of Auschwits # Netgalley

I often wonder why I read books like this I know full well they are going to upset me before I read them.. I don’t know if it’s because my father after having landed in Berlin with his regent. Then went along as one of the first parties of men to liberate the prisoners of the death camps or what. He never really spoke much about his ear journey. All we know he ran away and joined up into the black watch he said he liked the mane. His step mum reported him under his adoptive name so he ran off again using his birth name and he wanted thr black watch back to we’re he had made friends when they were forming the parachute regiment my dad was in.I did get him talking once about the libations he said it was the most horrendous and pitiful site he had ever seen, all the soldiers were given bread and water to take. All he said was it just wasn’t enough and he had tears in his eyes that is all he ever says he made it sound like he had a ball, which I know ne nor many others would take the site he saw with them for live. My dad did mention mengla and from then on I read stories like this and although there’s other books been written, I still can not get my head around his he treated twins petrol in the eyes of one to see what it did against so much torture. These are humans lived he wax’s experimenting on. How why can they do this to another human being . These are the stories that never should be gotten Eva Mozes Kor; was looking for her twin sister after they had been libatsted.... this book is so haunting although you know it’s true there’s part of you just don’t want it to be. It’s just unbearable to think of someone and a nation of people who could actually do what they i an glad they survived l. But no one can ever say their ordeal is over with the best thing tells the power for survival. God bless them I have to Say I do not but this crap of we were following orders not at all they are and will remain Judy dick and twisted bastards

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Highly recommended. The story of twin girls who survive persecution, experiments, Auschwitz. Written in the first person, for a younger audience, it educates the reader in what happened in the camps, and then afterwards. It is 'easy' to read, because of its intended audience, but being autobiographical it is immediate, shocking, and does what Eva Mozes Kor intended - she wanted people to learn, think, respond, and the reader certainly does. Her story deserves to be read by everyone - please read it.

With thanks to NetGalley and Monoray for an advance copy.

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This is another terrifying testimony of the Holocaust that we should never forget. In this case, the autothor tells her experiences as a twin under the wing of abominable Dr Mengele, that experimented with her and her sister as he did with many othr pairs of twins and other people. She, luckily survided, but many others didn't. Her valuable testimony tells another side of the horror lived in Auchswitz as well as other camps runned by the Nazis. A book that everyone should read. Let's remember the history so we don't repeat it

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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher. I have been reading a lot of books from people that lived through Auschwitz and find them really harrowing. This was a good, emotional read, good characters and basically all about survival.

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