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Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)

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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 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.

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... compelling and provocative ...

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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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.

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

It's very honorable that Eva forgives her German perpetrators for the medical experiments done on her and her twin sister; but very, very off putting the way she reacts to the Palestinians sharing their stories of violence with/by Israelis.

Latasha Moore
Latasha Moore

Very intriguing documentary asks the question. . .What is forgiveness? An Auschwitz torture survivor, Eva Mozes Kor, has decided in her own heart that the only way to self-healing was to let go of any hate or resentment she had toward her Nazi captors in spite of it being the contrary opinion opposed to many other survivors. A powerful and inspiring woman and documentary that had me in tears at times.

Ned Isakoff
Ned Isakoff
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Fantastic job of storytelling. A LOT of work and writing skill went into this. This one is worth owning and watching often. It is also worth a trip to Terre Haute to meet this incredible woman; Eva Kor has the best definition of forgiveness I've ever heard: "Whatever was done to me is no longer causing me such pain that I cannot be the person I want to be."

Don Kaiser
Don Kaiser

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