Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)
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 twin" and current Indiana-based real-estate broker Eva Kor travels to Germany in hopes of recovering the notorious doctor's medical files. A noted proponent of self-healing through the act of forgiveness, Kor holds an affecting dialogue with a guilt-riddled former SS doctor who served at Auschwitz and now feels the weight of his crimes against humanity growing increasingly unbearable. … More
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Critic Reviews for Forgiving Dr. Mengele
A thought-provoking documentary about the difficulty people have with the spiritual practice of forgiveness.
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.
Eva's story could have been a solely tragic one, but she has some powerful words of wisdom that could help anyone deal with traumatic events.
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.
For a film about death-camp survivors Forgiving Dr. Mengele is surprisingly uplifting and, at times, even lighthearted.
This moving film explores the trauma of a Holocaust survivor with rare complexity.
The film is mostly dry and uninspired. An extraordinary woman like Eva Kor deserves a less ordinary biography.
The politics of forgiveness cast a heavy shadow over Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's documentary about Romanian-born Eva Mozes Kor, who endured 10 months of Dr. Josef Mengele's notorious medical experiments.
This provocative Holocaust documentary explores vast issues by narrowing its focus to the intimate impulses of a single woman.
The film's visual style is unremarkable and includes some really jejune transpositions and graphic matches the filmmakers use to bridge the past and present, but the woman's memories are vivid enough without such affectations.
Pugh and her codirector, Bob Hercules, are remarkably evenhanded in their treatment of the situation; people who recoiled from Kor's statement are given ample screen time and presented with equal sympathy.
Though dry in spots, Forgiving Dr. Mengele is a provocative, emotionally affecting film.
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.
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