Surviving the Angel of Death by Eva Mozes Kor
"Anger and hate are seeds that germinate war. Forgiveness is a seed for peace. It is the ultimate act of self-healing."
This book is beyond a doubt fast paced, horrible, and chilling. The prologue already starts and one gets a chill down their spine that never goes away until the story is completely finished. With that being said do not be prepared to enter a romanticized story about WW2. Do not expect good dialogue or extensive metaphors. The book is cruel and direct as it should be. I wouldn't call it much of a story but a recounting of the horrible events that people like these twins went through during this period of time.
Sometime one forgets that people out there, people we could meet or simply breeze by on our way to our daily routinely lives, could have lived atrocities no one would ever see coming. The book is sad, really sad. The book is hard to digest and to read, yet it is told in such a simpler matter that it makes it a little easier to swallow through.
At the end of the day there was something really important in this memoir of sorts, and that was the talk about forgiveness. We sometimes go into fights and discussions with people we love or people we have a connection with and for some reason never seem to forget and forgive the horrible moments that person put us through. However, through forgiveness we free ourselves with burdens that we do not have to carry for the rest of our lives. My eyes almost started balling at the end when she was actually face to face with a Nazi doctor and in her most genuine and heartwarming moment found in her the strength to forgive him, forgive Dr. Mendel and his crimes, forgive her parents for not being strong enough and forgiving herself for not being able to love and forgive before.
This books makes you sit down and think about all you have around you, about all the petty little detail in our lives that we screw ourselves over. We have the world at our feet and we do not realize it.
I received this book from Netgalley and Tanglewood in exchange for an honest review.
-- 3 stars ---