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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Born Survivors Reviews
A beautifully captured testament to the strength and resilience of three young women enslaved by the nazis during the Second World War. Although the three women didn't know each other at the time, they shared a common ground - they were all newly pregnant when they were sent to the now infamous death camps across Europe.
Impeccably researched and sensitively told, each of the three women's stories are both harrowing and uplifting. This book showcases a side of the camps not widely known; when a ...more
This was an incredible story, but poorly told. The book contained grammatical errors and typos. It was repetitious and somewhat disjointed.
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
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
Oriundas de países diferentes (Priska é natural da Eslovénia, onde em 1944 os relatos do que acontecia nos campos ainda tinham pouco crédito, Rachel da Polónia, onde os judeus eram vítimas de um preconceito generalizado, e Anka da República Checa), não deixa de ser uma coincidência terem acabado por chegar a Auschwitz nos últimos meses de 1944.
"Apesar de tudo o que tinham passado, admitir que Hitler estava a falar a sério quando prometera erra dicar todos os seres humanos de origem étnica indese ...more
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.》"
Oh boy. Here we go.
I two-starred a book with heavy subject matter, with practically no reviews of substance to be seen that gave it less than four stars. Which means the masses love it and I'm standing up to say, "Hold on a minute, though." This basically puts me in the position that my Five Days at Memorial review did.
First of all, I two-starred the BOOK. Not the Holocaust, not the women themselves or their stories. My unfavorable opinion of Born Survivors doesn't have to do with content, it' ...more
A realidade dura e crua. Impressionante como as atrocidades descritas aconteceram realmente.