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Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing.

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Eva Mozes Kor ...
Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sami Adwan ...
Himself - Peace Research Inst. for the Middle East
Dan Bar-On ...
Himself, Professor of psychology, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Michael Berenbaum ...
Himself - Holocaust scholar & author
Albert H. Friedlander ...
Himself, Dean, Leo Baeck College, London (as Rabbi Albert H. Friedlander)
Alex Kor ...
Himself, Eva's son
Michael Kor ...
Himself - Eva's husband
Rina Kor ...
Herself - Eva's daughter
Vera Kriegel ...
Herself - Former Mengele twin
Jona Laks ...
Herself - Former Mengele twin
Linda Livni ...
Herself - Jewish peace activist
Hubert Markl ...
President - Max Planck Society (as Dr. Hubert Markl)
Hans Münch ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Hans Münch)
Ephraim Reichenberg ...
Himself - Former Mengele twin
Mary Wright ...
Herself, Eva's friend
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Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing.

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Eva Mozes Kor: Getting even has never healed a single person.
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Mixture of redeeming and strange
4 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first half of this documentary is very strange, mostly focusing on Eva's life flashing back and forth with scenes of Auschwitz, like a demented version of Kubrick's famous 2001 switcheroo. Although we do feel sympathetic for Eva by the 20 minute mark, having learned about her troubled adulthood in a world where the Holocaust was silently passed over, the directing is almost too kitschy and weird to be a Holocaust documentary. It was not pleasant viewing.

The film picks up around the 25 minute mark when Eva's quest to raise awareness of the Holocaust takes an unexpected turn. She does not only want guilt and shame, she wants the Germans to know her forgiveness. We hear some fascinating debates, but only for a few minutes. Perhaps the directors didn't want to bore us with real conflict and debate.

Midway through, and again all too briefly, we get to see a real treat: a one-room Holocaust "museum" built not with government dollars and NGO support, but by and for a single woman who wanted people in her small town to know her story. With this you start to understand the real meaning and importance of Holocaust education for ordinary people. But this segment ends abruptly.

Then, two unrelated segments. First, Eva's own capacity to listen and forgive is given a test when she meets with Palestinians. Here, she does not come off as very compassionate at all. This was hard to watch, and again, not pleasant.

Finally, inexplicably, Eva's museum is burned down in an act of arson. This is also dealt with all too briefly. We don't see the museum being rebuilt or a new plan being drawn up -- but a new museum does appear for a split-second shot.

All in all, an uneven and unsatisfying film, that introduces us to an independent thinker, but doesn't seem to take her very seriously.

It is never explained why Eva wears blue every day.


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