- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Route Sixty Six Publishing, Limited (April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964429322
- ISBN-13: 978-0964429321
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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80629 a Mengele Experiment
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This is the heartrending story of Yakoff Skurnik (Jack Oran), including his experiences as a Jew growing up in Poland and in relation to his imprisonment during the Nazi Holocaust. Yakoff's childhood/upbringing in Poland is described amongst an almost palpable anti-Semitism in what is depicted as an "inborn national pass-time" within the local/native, Polish population. Even the ancient myth of the "blood libel" still being openly taught amongst a number of other anti-Jewish prejudices which were continually being used to build generations of unjustified hostility. A hostility acted upon with violence at almost every given opportunity.
Shortly after the Nazis entered Yakoff's home town of Sierpc, the book describes how the SS & Gestapo publicly burnt down the town's oldest and largest synagogue in broad daylight. The local fire-engine was stopped at gunpoint and the synagogue allowed to burn. For their amusement the Nazis then forced the Jews to form a long line of men passing single buckets of water in an utterly hopeless attempt to quench the flames. When the men were eventually exhausted, they were then forced to `dance' around the burning synagogue at gunpoint. To further their amusement the Nazis then forced the males to strip from the waist down and crawl around the synagogue on their hands and knees. Even the elderly were not spared, indeed some elderly Jews had their beards publicly clipped for further amusement.Read more ›
I only have one complaint about the book, and that is that the title is slightly misleading. The experiment did not take place until FAR late into the book, and the experiment itself performed was not even performed by Dr. Mengele him, but by one of his (I believe) assistants. This slightly disappointed me because I checked out this book from the library while researching Dr. Josef Mengele, but regardless, the book was an excellent read. I recommend it to any history buff or for any research paper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gripping novel. A must read for anyone wanting to know about what happened in the camps during WWII.Published 17 months ago by susant
Excellent book! You felt right there with him through it all. Some descriptions of the brutality was so sad that you had to read the page several times to allow your mind to accept... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Jennifer84
No real surprises. Book arrived quickly and on good condition. Haven't yet read it but from what I have it will be interestingPublished on December 19, 2012 by Saralina Francisco
I agree with the other reviews, I could not put this book down, it was so captivating. I really felt as if I was right there; so detailed were the descriptions. Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by Blue Fish
Jack or as I called him, Mr. Oran was a big influence when I was young. I worked for him and for a time, dated one of his daughters. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by J. Shatley
It literally took me several months to get through this book. I study the holocuast from every aspect. Have been to the Museum in D.C. Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Crystal Clear
The true story of Holocaust survivor Jack Oran, aka Yakoff Skurnik in the days that he passed through the web of concentration camps that marked the baseline of WWII in Nazi... Read morePublished on October 5, 2005 by Cathleen M. Walker
`80629' A Mengele Experiment by Gene Church is the story of Yakoff Skurnik's journey through the hell that was known as Auschwitz. Read morePublished on January 30, 2005 by Neal Bellet
I have just finished this incredible book. I didnt think 'man is wolf to man' could be topped but this is better.what a survivor.what a man. Read it.Published on April 14, 2003 by jack jack