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A True Story of Twins Who Survived Auschwitz

by Eva Mozes Kor with Danica Davidson

Pub Date: April 5th, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-316-46063-7
Publisher: Little, Brown

A Holocaust memoir that teaches young readers by sharing one woman’s journey.

“Your mind is like a garden. Plant flowers so weeds can’t grow,” read the embroidered message in the childhood kitchen of identical twins Eva and Miriam Mozes. Even after the Mozes family was imprisoned in Auschwitz, forced to leave the embroidery and most of their other possessions behind, fierce and determined Eva carried this piece of her mama’s wisdom with her. Through the horrifying tribulations of the Holocaust, she held on to her desire for life and the strength of her love for her family, refusing to let the weeds of despair take root in her mind. Although unflinching in its treatment of the disturbing realities of the period, this work also emphasizes humanity’s prevailing capacity for goodness and hope in the face of cruelty. Davidson, who worked with Kor to get her story down in print as well as doing additional research, situates Kor’s life within a broader historical scope, detailing the social and political contexts that allowed the Nazi Party to gain power. Readers will be left not only with an understanding of the events of the Holocaust, but with insight into the long history of antisemitism and the dangers of dehumanizing language, propaganda, and unquestioning nationalism. Bright and compelling, Eva invites young readers to plant flowers of knowledge, love, and acceptance in their own minds.

Moving and informative; a powerful resource for Holocaust education.

(afterword, timeline, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)