Mischling starts out with Pearl and Stasha, two young twin girls, arriving at Auschwitz to be experimented on by the infamous Josef Mengele during World War II. After a series of experiments, Pearl disappears, and Stasha must learn how to survive on her own. This is the story of how the twins survived and the horrific experiments they were subjected to. But strangely, this story is not full of gloom and doom. It does not focus on the horrific nature of what was happening, but rather on how these two girls, Pearl and Stasha, were brave for each other and sacrificed themselves for each other. More than anything it is the tale of the love of two sisters. It is a strikingly beautiful story set in unforgiving times, and I highly recommend it for those who love historical fiction.
Arriving at Auschwitz in 1944, twin sisters Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in each other when they become part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, where they experience horrors unknown to other inmates.