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Born Survivors

The Nazis murdered their husbands but concentration camp prisoners Priska, Rachel, and Anka would not let evil take their unborn children tooa remarkable true story that will appeal to readers of The Lost and The Nazi Officers Wife, Born Survivors celebrates three mothers who defied death to give their children life.Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have lefttheir lives, and those of their unborn babies. Having concealed their condition from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, they are forced to work and almost starved to death, living in daily fear of their pregnancies being detected by the SS. In April 1945, as the Allies close in, the inmates are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish seventeen-day train journey. On the seventieth anniversary of Mauthausens liberation from the Nazis by American soldiers, renowned biographer Wendy Holden recounts this extraordinary story of three children united by their mothers unbelievableyet ultimately successfulfight for survival....

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ISBN : 9780062370259
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 385 pages
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Born Survivors Reviews

  • Carol Paur

    This book covers the experiences of three women that were pregnant at the time they were in concentration camps during Hitler's regime. The unspeakable suffering is almost unimaginable. I especially appreciated that the book also covers what these women's lives were like before and after their time in Mauthausen. A moving and excellent read.

  • Ana Rodrigues

    Que murro no estômago!!! Livro muito forte!!!

    "《Quantas mais pessoas souberem o que aconteceu, menos provável é que volte a acontecer, espero eu》, dizia. 《Esta é uma história que deve ensinar as pessoas o que não pode acontecer outra vez.》"

  • espacodelivros


    Um livro de cortar a respiração e partir o coração.

  • Camie

    The harrowing true accounts here follow the lives of three amazing women Anka, Priska, and Rachel all of whom, against the odds , survive the horrors of the Holocaust death camps and even more miraculously give birth while imprisoned and manage to keep their babies alive. A tribute to the indefatigable human spirit embodied by these women who somehow managed to persevere the truly unimaginable. As with most books of this type , not for the squeamish.

    I wish this book had a more compelling title.

  • Ângelo


    Entre as vítimas do Holocausto enviadas para Auschwitz em 1944, três mulheres levavam consigo um segredo quando passaram pelos portões do infame campo de concentração.

    Priska, Rachel e Anka estavam grávidas de poucas semanas, enfrentando um destino incerto longe dos seus maridos. Sozinhas, assustadas, e após terem perdido tantos familiares às mãos dos nazis, sentiam-se determinadas em lutar pelo que lhes restava: as vidas dos seus bebés.

    Estas mulheres deram à luz em circunstâncias inima

  • Lynn

    Today's post is on Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden. It is 400 pages long and it published by HarperCollins. The cover is blue with two pieces of razor-wire and three birds on it. The intended reader is someone who is interested in World War II history, women's history, and survival against all the odds. There is no language, no sex, and some violence in this book. The story is told from third person with first perso ...more

  • Joann

    Among the millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each pass through the concentration camps gates with a secret. Separated from their husbands and strangers to one another, they are pregnant and scared. You will follow them through their horrors of living in these camps, their births, and their freedoms. At the end of the book you then r

    read about how each one of these remarkable women made a new life for themselves. A rather lengthy read, bu

  • Barb

    Santayana's 1863 quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" has been my reason for reading nonfiction for most of my life. "Born Survivors" by Wendy Holden is a perfect reminder of that. A story of how three women and their newly born infants survived the Holocaust is so powerful and disturbing that I experienced emotions ranging from rage to gratitude. I am continually stunned by the inhumanity and torture they endured. Priska, Rachel and Anka did not know each other ...more