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 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 ...

Nov 16, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 16, 2006

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.

Jun 13, 2006

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

May 27, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5

This moving film explores the trauma of a Holocaust survivor with rare complexity.

May 20, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The film is mostly dry and uninspired. An extraordinary woman like Eva Kor deserves a less ordinary biography.

May 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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