Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)

Forgiving Dr. Mengele



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A former concentration-camp detainee who, alongside her sister, suffered unthinkable experiments at the hands of the Third Reich's most notorious medical monster attempts to reconcile her past by forgiving the Nazis for their genocidal atrocities in directors Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's deeply personal documentary. Spurned on in her mission by the recent death of her sister -- a belated but direct result of the horrors that befell the then-young girl during World War II -- one-time "Mengele … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Forgiving Dr. Mengele

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

... compelling and provocative ...

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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This tale of one survivor determined not to let those horrific experiences define her is moving enough to make Forgiving Dr. Mengele a worthy addition to the ever-growing canon of Holocaust-related films.

June 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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For a film about death-camp survivors Forgiving Dr. Mengele is surprisingly uplifting and, at times, even lighthearted.

May 27, 2006
New York Times
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This moving film explores the trauma of a Holocaust survivor with rare complexity.

Full Review… | May 20, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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The film is mostly dry and uninspired. An extraordinary woman like Eva Kor deserves a less ordinary biography.

May 20, 2006
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Forgiving Dr. Mengele

An extremely interesting documentary about a survivor of the Mengele twin experiments in Auschwitz, who decides she needs to forgive Dr. Mengele and the rest of the Nazis, as an act of self-healing (releasing herself from their hold on her through bitterness). Understandably, she meets with a lot of resistance as she tries to teach other people that they too need to forgive. The movie does a wonderful job of showing the ways people reacted to her message, both good and bad. I'm not usually one for documentaries, but this one kept my attention from the beginning to the end. Fascinating story, and I'm glad it was told.


It would be tough not to be moved by this documentary. Eva Kor is an amazing woman who has to be admired, whether one agrees or disagrees with her standpoints. This documentary is well pieced together, with a good balance of living today and living then. It does however get a bit repetitive, but overall the effect is powerful.

James Higgins

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