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80629 a Mengele Experiment

4.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0964429321
ISBN-10: 0964429322
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Product Details

  • 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: #1,539,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. D Roberts on July 27, 2003
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This book is one of the most powerful Holocaust books that I have ever read and it will grip you intensely from beginning to end. It is extremely well written and will make most readers angry that innocent people can be treated in such a manner for just one reason alone. Just because they were Jewish.
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.
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After meeting Jack Oran in 1994, I read the book of his experiences during the holocaust and after. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading a first-hand account of months in a prison camp, on the death march and piecing together a life after the war. There were days when I couldn't put it down and others when I could only read short passages. The message that this man brngs to us is that prejudice in any form is wrong and dangerous. This was the first book I had read about the holocaust. Each year I take a student group to the Holocaust Museum in Houston so that they might better understand the history they learn in textbooks. I am ordering two more copies to loan to my students and others.
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I recently read Jack Oran "A Mengele Experiment," having a keen interest in holocaust memoirs i found it outstanding. The impeccable detail in which he writes puts you in the concentration camp yourself. I could not put it down, the writing is powerful, and helps you put yourself into history and lets the reader expand as he wants to. I would recommend this book to readers who like personal memoirs, and world war II novelists.
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If you can read this book all the way through, you will never read it again, and you will never forget any part of it. And you will never let this happen again. Incredible.
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By A Customer on April 24, 2000
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I have read numerous books on the concentration camps of World War II and none have come close to this! Absolutely incredible writing, combined with huge amounts of factual information, I believe that everyone who is interested, and even those of you are not, should read this story of an incredible man and his survival of an ordeal almost beyond the imagination. Could you have made it?
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In the last few years I have read many books relating to the Holocaust, but none as detailed and well-written as this one. The book was one of the best I've read in a while, and nicely illustrates most of the aspects of the Holocaust. I would recommend this book for anyone who already knows a lot about the subject, or anyone who knows nothing. 80629: A Mengele Experiment, has made me want to read more books on the subject. This is an excellent book that I encourage you all to read.
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This is told factually, in an easy-to-read style, without glamourization, and as such is an excellent addition to eyewitness Holocaust documentation, a critical endeavor. This would be an excellent choice for high school history/social studies required reading on the topic, perhaps an alternative to "Night."
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Definitely not for the faint of heart. This was a very true account of a person's life during the Holocaust-- and it gets straight to the point, not flinching away, and not dancing around the truth. Every scene was described in gruesome detail, and it was very insightful. As a person who is deeply fascinated by Nazi experimentation and the Holocaust, I highly recommend this book for research or any history buff.

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.
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