Been reading a book for young adults called “Surviving the Angel of Death”. It was written by Eva Kor, a holocaust survivor who was one of the famous twins that Dr. Mengele experimented on at Auschwitz. The things these kids went through is horrific. When they arrived at Auschwitz, Eva’s mother, father and two sisters were killed, leaving only Eva and her twin sister, who were put under Dr. Mengele’s care to be his personal lab rats.
While living in the concentration camp, Eva and her sister were only fed a single piece of bread and weak coffee for meals and were often denied even that. The girls were injected with all sorts of foreign substances, some of which made them deathly ill. They were the lucky ones though. Some of the twins were part of a gender switch experiment and had their privates cut off, or were injected with fatal diseases, just to see how the body shuts down and dies.
The twins lived in bunkers where they contracted dysentery and constantly had lice and fleas and rats crawling around them. Often when they went to the latrine, they would find dead bodies of other twins who hadn’t made it. Sometimes these dead bodies would be put back in the bed with their living sibling, I can only imagine having to lie next to the rotting body of your own twin.
Luckily, Eva and her sister somehow survived, against all odds, but how do you heal after living like that? Somehow Eva found the strength to move on and even forgive her oppressors, but I’m not sure that I could do the same in her situation. I think of myself as a forgiving person, but that is just too much to imagine. It sure makes me thankful for the life I have, and more determined to stop the evils of racism and prejudice.