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Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz Paperback – May 1, 1992
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This is the story of Josef Mengele and his "children of Auschwitz". Selecting primarily twins (or others who caught his eye) from the multitudes of Jews headed for the gas chambers, Mengele used these innocent children to satisfy his own perverse needs, all in the name of research, as human guinea pigs for his own horrendous experiments. The book is based upon interviews with survivors of Mengele's twins, and the reader will quickly discover, there are few survivors. The interviews tell the life of survivors before capture, during their time at Auschwitz and after their release. Almost all victims have had a lifetime of horrific, unending nightmares except those who cannot remember. Those who cannot remember, and there are few, are perhaps blessed with the body's unique defence system to block out that which is too unbearable and too painful to remember.
It has been over fifty years since the Holocaust, but it will forever remain a part of our history.Read more ›
Moreover, there is nothing gruesome about the book; it avoids detailed accounts of the substance of the experiments, but simply makes the point that the countless procedures performed had no medical value, and were not understood by the twins themselves.
Truly excellent and original.
Of course, I'd heard or read some things about Mengele, but it was in the process of reading information about bioethics that I was introduced to this book, and decided I should read it for background on some work I'm doing, as per science and medicine and those least able to protect themselves against unethical practitioners of these 'arts'. The book does not dwell on the horrors that Mengele practiced on these children, and also on dwarves and giants and any other 'misfits' he was interested in. What information there is in the book (it was in story form, rather than professional paper format with numbers marking footnotes or endnotes...but there was additional information at the back of the book based on pages), indicates that Mengele was less of a scientist or a doctor, and more of a technician. His ideas for the experiments were quite often not his own, and he was extremely sloppy in keeping records that even had Germany won the war, would have provided genetic information of use to anyone else. I doubt sincerely any other scientist/physician could have copied his work and gotten the same results...and this is an absolute law in science now.Read more ›
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It seems wrong somehow to categorize this book as fascinating - horrifying, tragic, devastating, but, yes, fascinating, too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Shropshire
UNEXPECTED ACCOUNT OF MENGELE'S BACKGROUND INTERSPERSED WITH TERRIBLE FATE OF TWINS. MEMORABLE..Published 5 months ago by An Observer
Great read with eye-witness and victim testimony from Mengele's real victims. Worth the money.Published 5 months ago by Sara Ann Acosta
I'm currently taking a History of the Holocaust, before taking this class I had a little bit of background knowledge on Mengele. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Desiree Harrison
My 19 year old wanted it. He highly recommends as a great read.Published 11 months ago by Linda Metro