‘80629’: A Mengele Experiment

Hi, Everyone, I hope your summer is going well and you are staying cool. Here in Texas we are in our 16th day of 100+ degree heat. The old air-conditioner is struggling to keep us at 77 degrees in the house, but we are grateful it continues to work.

I took a little summer break from blogging and worked on a big writing project. I was asked by Katie Cook, editor of Seeds Publishing, to write an article and review three books on “Women and Poverty.” The project is done and I am back! 

I just finished reading  “80629: A Mengele Experiment” — an easy read, a difficult read! Not recommended for the faint of heart.  

(Church, Gene, 80629: A Mengele Experiment;  Kimberly Damon Publishing Company,
copyright 1986; 289 pages)

“He’d been stripped of every meager possession he owned, beaten, shaved, and tattooed with a painful mark that would never go away. He’d been ripped apart from his mother and family and seen their scorched ashes rise from the chimneys to the heavens. He’d been separated from his father and seen him marched away to an unknown, unthinkable eventuality. He was a prisoner in a concentration camp, alone, completely and totally dehumanized, and his world and life would never be the same”(page 25).

It probably was a mistake on my part to read this book while we are in the present political climate. The threats of violence by a person running for the President of the United States against others who do not agree with him, and the denial of the violence from his followers produces hatred and hatred produces violence. No one knows that better than Yakoff Skurnik. 

“80629: A Mengele Experiment” is the story of Yakoff Skurnik is a Polish Jew who spends his late teens and early twenties in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The account of Yakoff’s life is important. The story is graphic and in many places difficult to read, but I believe that this is a book we need to read. We need to be reminded of what happens when people look away and let hatred and violence grow against those who are different or believe differently.

I would not recommend this book to those who have not read much about the Holocaust. I have read quite a bit about the Holocaust, and even I had to put the book down a couple of times.

Today do something that will challenge you!


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