Forgiving Dr. Mengele Image
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  • Summary: Forgiving Dr. Mengele is a story of a shocking act of forgiveness by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who along with her twin sister, Miriam, were victims of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele's cruel genetic experiments - an experience that would haunt them their entire lives. Eva's metamorphosis from embittered survivor to tireless advocate for reconciliation is sparked when she, in an attempt to get information about the experiments, meets with another former Auschwitz doctor. Her ideas about justice, revenge and the possibility of healing through forgiveness - as well as the passionate opposition from other survivors - become a window to a larger discussion of the many ways people define forgiveness. (First Run Features) Collapse
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  1. This moving film explores the trauma of a Holocaust survivor with rare complexity.
  2. The very title suggests that this compelling and provocative film is going to be different from other Holocaust documentaries.
  3. 80
    It's hard to know whether to be impressed or appalled by Eva Mozes Kor, the Holocaust survivor in Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's fascinating documentary who has made forgiving the Nazis her life's work.
  4. 75
    Though some of the heated exchanges in Forgiving Dr. Mengele seem awkward and staged, they put Kor at the center of a riveting debate over how best to come to terms with past horrors, and the potential (and limits) of putting them to rest.
  5. A worthy addition to the ever-growing canon of Holocaust-related films.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    70
    This uneven but riveting documentary chronicles Kor's journey to a kind of grace little understood (or appreciated) by many fellow Jews and survivors.
  7. Eva Mozes Kor, the lecturer and activist at the center of Forgiving Dr. Mengele, is most notable for her zeal in refusing to be a victim.

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