Forgiving Dr. Mengele

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

DVD - 2005
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Eva Kor and her twin sister Miriam were victims of the infamous Nazi doctor, Josef Mengele, who conducted sadistic experiments on human beings at Auschwitz concentration camp. Haunted ever since by these cruel acts, something even more shocking occurs: Eva finds the power to forgive him. This is the story of a shocking act of forgiveness by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor and the firestorm of criticism it has provoked. Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were victims of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's cruel genetic experiments--an experience that would haunt them their entire lives. We follow Eva's metamorphosis from embittered survivor to tireless advocate for reconciliation. This unexpected transformation was sparked when Eva, in an attempt to get information about the experiments, met with another former Auschwitz doctor. Eva's ideas about justice, revenge and the possibility of healing through forgiveness--as well as the passionate opposition from other survivors--become a window to a larger discussion of the many ways people define forgiveness.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, c2005
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 F721
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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Mar 07, 2012

Eva Kor is a truly remarkable woman. I had seen her interviewed in other documentaries about the Holocaust, but wasn't aware of her work, her museum and the controversy she has caused within the survivor community. This is a very moving film about a woman who has refused to be a victim and has used her experiences to help others and to educate the youth of her town of Terre Haute, Indiana, about the dangers of racism and hate crime.

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