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Arriving at Auschwitz in 1944, twin sisters Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in each other when they become part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, where they experience horrors unknown to other inmates.
Publisher: 2016
New York :, Lee Boudreaux Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780316308106
Characteristics: pages cm
Summary: Arriving at Auschwitz in 1944, twin sisters Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in each other when they become part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, where they experience horrors unknown to other inmates.


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Sep 23, 2018

It took much persistence to finish this overly metaphored weighty tome. It is confusing to decipher which sister is narrating and their collective fantasies only add to it. The subject matter is compelling but author does little to provide insight to these nazi monsters. Very disappointing read

samdog123 Sep 01, 2017

A heartbreaking story of twins, Pearl and Stascha, who endured the terrors of Mengele's 'zoo' in Auschwitz. Not much is uplifting in this story, yet the writer is very talented and almost gives this setting a mystical one.

Twins Stasha and Pearl are part of Mengele's Zoo where he conducts experiments on twins to see how the other is influenced by the changes. When the sisters are separated and believe each other dead, they each seek their own path after being liberated. Stasha, hopes that Pearl still lives, but longs to kill Mengele. Pearl, just seeks to recover and survive. The language in this book is pure poetry. It is beautifully written, which is a stark contrast to the darkness of the tale. Both girls are well drawn and the story is heartbreaking. You can't help but cheer for them and wish them escape from the horrors of Mengele's lab.

Jul 04, 2017

This was challenging reading for me. Jewish twins are separated from family as they enter into a Nazi concentration camp, but where they are sent is not any better. They become part of Mengale’s human experimentation. Somehow thought she is able to show how even condemned to such cruelty, human forgiveness is even more powerful.

Jun 29, 2017

Bleak and brutal, it's a good read with good character development. The only issue is, it can be a little too poetic and lyrical for my tastes. They're young girls, and although yes, they've had to grow up fast in this situation, the words and their thoughts can be too poetic which is unnecessary. Nevertheless it's still a good book and keeps you on the edge wondering if the character will see each other again, or not.

athompson10 May 18, 2017

Grim and brutal at times, but lyrically written.

May 05, 2017

Mischling is a Holocaust novel that depicts horror couched in beautifully crafted prose. For some, Konar’s careful wordsmithing will distance them from the narrative, and the atrocities it unveils. For others, the juxtaposition will only serve to make the truth that much more poignant as it explores what it means to come of age in the midst of such a tragedy.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/05/04/mischling/

So much complex writing with the humanity-like intellectual mindset! I like the narrative on how the twins Stasha and Pearl would turn out in the way that it is. It's like an unforgettable experience you would never want to forget, even though it seems complicated especially it took place near the end of the second world war in Central Europe or something familiar. A coming of age story of experience never told like before!

Mar 16, 2017

Very confusing & hard to read. Would not recommend.

Feb 12, 2017

Mengele proves to be even more evil than I had previously realized. The novel is wonderfully constructed; the main characters beautifully portrayed. The ending was quite a contrast to all the brutality, but, all in all, I rate the book 5 stars! Amazing that a young author could channel this period of horror so vividly.

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May 05, 2017

Because you had no power over the fact that I was born, you took from me what I was born with—the person who was my love, the half that made me entire—and now I am lessened into this dull thing, a divided person who will live forever, wandering in search of some nothing, some nowhere, some no-feeling, to mend my pain.

ellensix Feb 10, 2017

Books had never led me in the wrong direction. It seemed foolish to try to endure without such counsel by my side.

ellensix Feb 10, 2017

Years later I would realize that her sorrow arose from taking care of the children who Uncle claimed for his own. It must have been like stringing a harp for someone who played the harp with a knife or binding a book for someone whose idea of reading is feeding pages to a fire.


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May 05, 2017

Stasha and Pearl Zamorski are twelve-year-old Polish-Jewish twins who arrive at Auschwitz in 1944 with their mother and grandfather, their father already missing and presumed dead at the hands of the Gestapo. Here they are singled out by Dr. Josef Mengele, who would become known to history as the Angel of Death. Inside Mengele’s “Zoo,” he collects genetic oddities, including giants and dwarves, albinos and people with heterochromia iridium, and most especially twins. The inmates of the Zoo receive special privileges including more food, and are allowed to keep their hair and clothes. The price is the terrible experiments carried out upon their bodies, the purpose of which they are never given to understand. How does someone survive the guilt and pain of such an experience, let alone carve out a new existence in the aftermath of liberation?


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