Winner of the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE IN SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006, Forgiving Dr. Mengele is a bold and thought provoking documentary about 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. The film follows 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 and was stunned to learn that he also suffered from nightmares about Auschwitz. 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.
This personal agenda morphs into a political crusade, as Eva finds herself challenged--in the US, Germany and Israel--by other survivors who view her as nothing short of a traitor. Seemingly undeterred, Eva remains steadfast in her conviction that personal healing through forgiveness is not inconsistent with the need to never forget. Yet Eva's life and her vision--and by extension the film itself--take dramatic, unexpected turns: a meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian teachers yields decidedly mixed results, and then, amazingly, we watch as this woman, who in 1995 built a tiny museum in a Terre Haute strip mall as a tribute to her twin sister Miriam and other child survivors, is forced to witness the destruction of this memorial by hateful neo-Nazis. Can Eva's convictions withstand these terrible tests?
Thrusting itself into the roiling debate about how Jews in general and Holocaust survivors in particular must view the perpetrators of Nazi atrocities, Forgiving Dr. Mengele pointedly asks: is it easier to forgive than to forget?
Impossible not to be moved. Surprisingly uplifting! --The New York Times
A genuinely thoughtful vehicle for discussion, debate and real thought. --Jewish Week
This moving film explores the trauma of a Holocaust survivor with rare complexity. --Entertainment Weekly