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Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz [Paperback]

Lucette Matalon Lagnado , Sheila Cohn Dekel
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April 29 1992

During World War II, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele subjected some 3,000 twins to medical experiments of unspeakable horror; only 160 survived. In this remarkable narrative, the life of Auschwitz's Angel of Death is told in counterpoint to the lives of the survivors, who until now have kept silent about their heinous death-camp ordeals.


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Only 160 of 3000 twins subjected to genetic experimentation by Mengele survived until 1945. The reprint of this important addition to Holocaust literature is scheduled to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 30. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- A horrifying yet spellbinding account. Although Mengele was a mediocre doctor, he was encouraged in his pursuit of "genetic research" to create a "master Aryan race" with the concentration camp at Auschwitz providing an ample supply of specimens for his unscientific, poorly documented experiments. Twins were his fixation, and this book interviews some of the estimated 100 survivors from an initial sample of 3000 young people. The fascination of this book is that it follows the lives of both Mengele and the twins in their readjustment to life away from the camps. This gripping tale is extremely readable and well documented, offering another facet to the human tragedy of the Holocaust.
- Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars children of the flames-a must read Oct. 31 2003
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if you are ready to have some real insight on what it was like- you have to read this book.this book is written in a fascinating style. the way both views are combined deserves utmost respect. i read this book in just about one afternoon. i couldn't put it away until finished. the most important aspect was to see the children's lifes unfold after the war and also that of Mengele. i am somewhat, but not completely gratified about how Mengele lived out the rest of his life, solitary and haunted. i wish he would have been brought to justice, it would have given more closure to a lot of people; but knowing how he spend the rest of his life separated from family, stripped of his titles , ridden by ailments etc. , gives some gratification (not enough 'though!)what troubles me is the the fact that he never had regret for the things he'd done- justified by pseudo-science. i'm sure he's burning in hell himself now. for "his twins" life was hard and difficult- how can someone live with such memories? but defying it they built lifes for themselves and had families, although somwhere, somehow a part in the puzzle is always missing.
having read many books concerning WW II, and living the war through my parents' eyes - i have to say that this one touched me very deeply.
i was born and raised in germany and grew up with the history of my country. my parents were both children during the second world war, so i carry their memories of the war as mine.my mother herself is a fugitive from hungary - it is hard for her to talk about that. her family lost everything as well, when the russians came. i live with their accounts of what life was like for them, now i can add memories of others to that -it is heartwrenching and very hard to conceive that all this happened, but it did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True but Gruesome stories Dec 15 2003
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This book is definitely a fiery book, containing gruesome stories, accounts of horrid crimes, and documents of the life of Dr. Josef Mengele. This book is very deep and goes into detail of the life before the Holocaust, during the Holocaust, and after the Holocaust. This book is a must read, but may be very inappropriate for children under 13. I rate this book a 4 out of 5, due to the content and graphic images painted into my head.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Read June 22 2001
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This is a factual, readable, and thought-provoking book about Mengele's twin experiments at Auschwitz. I was VERY frustrated that in all of the photos in the book, there was not one of Mengele himself. There was a lot of description about his appearance, but no picture of the man. Also, while the post-war stories of the twins was fascinating, the actual "experiments" performed were not described in any detail. The horror of the man and his actions is real, but why he was so horribly depraved is glossed over or never mentioned. Why did some of these twins die? What had he done to them? The author never says, probably in an effort to appeal to a wider audience. What is here is good, but there is just not enough here. Some of the photos of twins in the book are never connected to text telling their stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children Of The Flames Dec 14 2003
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Dr. Josef Mengele had a pleasant and peaceful childhood in a friendly environment. In his early years, he was known as the playful Beppo, but in his prime years, he was feared and known as the Angel of Death. As the story unravels, stories collected from survivors Mengele's gruesome experiments give an insight about the horrors and crimes committed by the Angel of Death. These real holocaust stories teach the meaning of treasuring what you have, because one day it's here and the next day, gone. There are many holocuast stories out there, but this book is dedicated to the 160 survivors of Mengele's experiment, and the life of Dr. Josef Mengele.
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This book confused me at first, I am afraid. It took me a while to figure out what the authors were doing in jumping from information about Mengele at particular times in his life, to the words (spoken or written) of the children who suffered so much under his hands (also at that particular point in their lives). By the middle of the book, I figured out the author's use of comparison between Mengele and the children's groups to illustrate the great differences between the children growing up as adults and overcoming their past/dealing with it, while Mengele dwindled into the nothing that he really was in South America.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Auschwitz Doctor of Death
Children of the Flames relates the true story of the twins of Auschwitz and the famous Nazi doctor of death, Josef Mengele. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2002 by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
From the start, you are drawn into this book, hardly being able to believe that the young "Beppo" Mengele described could become so horrible, and then not being able to believe... Read more
Published on July 26 2002 by Kelly A Googe
5.0 out of 5 stars Mengele
I recomend that everyone reads this book because it is so important to remember and know what this man did. Read more
Published on June 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally intense!
I read this book straight through because I was too drawn in to put it down. The voices of the twins and other Holocaust victims--who faced Mengele daily--are brutally matter of... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2001 by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars A SAD ACCOUNT BUT, NONETHELESS, A TRUE ACCOUNT
Both my parents served in the armed forces overseas during World War II, and it was through them, as a young adult, I heard of the "children of the flames" and the... Read more
Published on June 18 2001 by Sandra D. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better one on the subject...
Well-written book, easy to read. Actually one of the better ones about subject of Mengele and Auschwitz. No lengthy boring descriptions or statistical speculations. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2001 by Matt Jachyra
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, moving
A fascinating account of Nazi "scientist" and "doctor" Josef Mengele, who cheerfully "selected" thousands of Jews, Gypsies, and other people for quick... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2000 by Rosemary Amey
5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner
Interweaving quotes from twin-survivors about their stories both during and after Auschwitz with Dr. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000
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