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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

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    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 truely never escape. This boook is a must read book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    highly recommended

    It was definately worth reading.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    A must read

    If you were ever wondered about the Holocaust and the things going on behind the scenes in Germany during the war, then this is a book you should definitely read. The story is told from the perspective of those experiencing the horrors one person could do to another, as well as probable death. From the beginning to the end of the book, the author focuses on the twins that were going through Auschwitz at the time and their first impressions of Dr.Mengele and their experiences at the Nazi death camp. What the author did when focusing on the experiences the children had was kind of a flashback type thing because, one minute they are describing what it was like for Mengele to grow up as a kid and then you would get a flashback telling you an experience of another pair of twins going through Auschwitz. There is nothing the author does, I believe, to detract from the story being told. It was always clear and concise what the author was talking about at any given moment. Overall, I liked this book a lot because I never knew the historical information the author presents in this book. Yeah you learn about it and you get the statistics but what you don't get is the true feelings and life that this book brings to you. This book is appropriate for mature audiences that know a little something about the Holocaust because it can get graphic and if you don't know what happened in the war you kind of will get lost pretty quickly.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Mind Boggling

    I also saw a movie about Josef Mengele and have read other Holocaust books. I still have the most trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that humans treated other humans this way.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Amazing and chilling story ....

    Amazing yet chilling story of a life not so long ago when prejudice at it's worst was the norm and was so openly accepted by all. This book is so well written capturing the pain so many lived through-explaining not only how horrible the death camps were, but also the life that wasn't waiting for them when they finally were "free". Talks in great detail the way Mengele slipped through the tracks only to find that even though he managed to slip away from the court system, the life he was destined to lead was almost worse than the death he likely would have been sentenced had he been caught. An excellent novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Excellent

    This was a very interessting book, one of the best I have ever read. It is extremely well written. While reading the book it feels as if you are there, living the lives of those poor people, but in reality you could not even imagin there pain. This is an excellent book.

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