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

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

What a book!!

This book did not take long befor I was sucked into it. The stories are heart rendering. The author put this book togather so that as you are reading, you could visualize watching it like a documentary on "THC". So few were able to escape and the ones that did will true...
This book did not take long befor I was sucked into it. The stories are heart rendering. The author put this book togather so that as you are reading, you could visualize watching it like a documentary on "THC". So few were able to escape and the ones that did will truely never escape. This boook is a must read book!

posted by suicide_kings_wild on November 10, 2008

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Not a very good book

"Children of the Flames" does not set out to be a bad book. It tries to follow the experiences of several Mengele twins chronologically from before the War throughout the lives of the interviewees. The style of chronicling the lives of many people in this way might work...
"Children of the Flames" does not set out to be a bad book. It tries to follow the experiences of several Mengele twins chronologically from before the War throughout the lives of the interviewees. The style of chronicling the lives of many people in this way might work for a newspaper series that is broken into stages over many days, but for a book, it doesn't quite work. Many of the people I spoke to who read the book find that they are referring back to the beginning of it to be sure they are reading about who they think they are reading about. It's as if the authors took a documentary style of storytelling and put it in print. For a subject with players from so many different places, you would think it would still work. It doesn't.

My own uncle is featured prominently in the book - Zvi the Sailor. The significant detail you need to know before you put down good money for this work is that it is not accurate. A prominent Mengele twin who greatly assisted in the creation of the book disowns it for its inaccuracies and poor writing. My father, Zvi's twin, was never interviewed for his account. In fact, the book contributed to a rift between the twins that did not resolve for many years. The irony is that one of the authors is a writer for the Wall Street Journal. With credentials like hers, you would expect better in this book.

I would find this book in a library. Paying for it seems like a mistake.

posted by Neal_Klein on December 31, 2009

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