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Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Documentary/Holocaust)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Documentary: B+



Is forgiving forgetting?  That is the powerful question that is always asked after something so bad has been done by one party to another that at what point this is acceptable if ever and is it also a way to set up the forgiving to keep sticking to them again and again.  That is known as taking kindness for weakness.  For Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, an amazing women who was one of the prisoners known as “Mengele’s Twins” for a massive test group for his genocidal, pseudo-medical quackery against children alone.  A survivor and fighter, Eva declares amnesty of Mengele and all Nazis by her, which becomes the controversial turning point in Forgiving Dr. Mengele.


For Eva, it is her personal way of ending part of the horror and pain.  That she survived and could say that in itself is remarkable.  But is it fair to those who are dead, still tortured, to history, to the relatives still suffering (it was not that long ago) and to those who will not and should not ever let it go?  And who is this woman?


Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh’s documentary answers some of this by showing us about Eva.  She has her common sense approach to things, the amazing ways she has gone out of her way to get to the truth about the past, her building of a Holocaust museum that is eventually burned down, her hunt for the secrets of Mengele’s experiments, her peaceful confrontations with fellow survivors about her declaration and even her solution to making a grilled cheese sandwich that speaks volumes about her resolve against the unbelievable.


For some of the questions, there are no easy answers, overgeneralizations or in some cases, answers at all, but the one thing that is clear is that Kor is a remarkable woman and both who she is and what she does is a quiet triumph against Nazi Fascism and its continued reoccurrence and imitation that shows any such fight is far from over for those who think evil has won.


Even if you do not agree with Eva, you’ll understand her journey better by understanding her motives to say what she said whether you can agree with it or not.  That’s very democratic indeed.


The 1.33 X 1 image has vital stills and film footage, but is mostly comprised of new interviews and news footage.  I liked the editing too.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is also nicely recorded.  Extras include an interview with co-director Hercules, trailer gallery, web resources/links and very brief text bios on those co-directors.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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