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The Nazis murdered their husbands but concentration camp prisoners Priska, Rachel, and Anka would not let evil take their unborn children too—a remarkable true story that will appeal to readers of The Lost and The Nazi Officer’s 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 left—their 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, Priska gives birth. She and her baby, along with Anka, Rachel, and the remaining inmates, are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish seventeen-day train journey. Rachel gives birth on the train, and Anka at the camp gates. All believe they will die, but then a miracle occurs. The gas chamber runs out of Zyklon-B, and as the Allied troops near, the SS flee. Against all odds, the three mothers and their newborns survive their treacherous journey to freedom.
On the seventieth anniversary of Mauthausen’s liberation from the Nazis by American soldiers, renowned biographer Wendy Holden recounts this extraordinary story of three children united by their mothers’ unbelievable—yet ultimately successful—fight for survival.
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"An astonishing and deeply moving work."--Booklist (starred review)
"An engrossing, intense, and highly descriptive narrative chronicling the ghastly conditions three pregnant women suffered through at the hands of the Nazis."--Kirkus Reviews
Among the millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each pass through the concentration camp's infamous gates with a secret. Separated from their husbands and strangers to one another, they are pregnant and scared. After losing so many other loved ones to the Nazis, these women are determined to hold on to all they have left: their lives and those of their unborn babies.Born Survivors follows them as, against all the odds, they give birth to their babies and go on to build new lives with their children after World War II. Theirs are stories of hardships and miracles as they narrowly escape the clutches of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz; conceal their condition after they are sent to a Nazi slave-labor camp, where they are half-starved and almost worked to death; and as the Allies close in, survive a seventeen-day train journey to Mauthausen in Austria. By the time they arrive, all three babies have been born--but because the camp has run out of Zyklon B, their lives and those of their mothers are saved. Sixty-five years later, the three "miracle babies" share a remarkable, inspirational story of three mothers who defied death at the hands of the Nazis to give their children life.--Contra Costa Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00NVLNZ8Y
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
- Publication date : May 5, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 19024 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 400 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,832 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So many accountable Nazi's (for their individual participation in these atrocities) should have been killed on the spot...ask questions later. And I am not a death penalty person! I am a Catholic. And I do so hope that they all are all rotting in hell for their war crimes, which were beyond unimaginable.
It was extremely educational but the most emotional book I've ever read as I learned about so many personal stories that have never been told of before. This is such a historic genocide. And for those of us who read this particular book and from reading other reviews, I found that we all are able to feel that of the unbearable suffering and the unspeakable living conditions and displacements everywhere. We witnessed all types of death...all because one sociopath was determined to create a nation of one breed by implementing racial indifference throughout as many European countries as he couple occupy, by the way of a genocide. Peaceful and lawful Jews had but no choice to endure countless cruel and ruthless situations, and in so many inhumane environments.
I guess I can summarize my review by saying this: Other 5 star reviewers had stories to say about their American dad's service to our country...going into these Nazi occupied European countries, freeing so many important, but lifeless people. Thank God for their reviews about their dad's participation, due to their stories of being there to free and do what they could for the prisoners. These American soldiers went beyond all they could to help the people who survived the pits of hell. Let us pray for them, but so importantly for all those who were worked to death, gassed, shot to death, made to go through unbearable ghetto conditions, and having to wear a Jewish star, as if it was an 'inhumane symbol' for the Jewish people to wear in the countries of which Hitler occupied. Thankfully, we allies went in and ended his all too far progressed program. Now, the survivors and their children can respect the Star of David all the more!
To the author, Wendy Holden....you did the most outstanding job at putting us readers in all of the ungodly environments and circumstances which millions of innocent people were made to go into, as well as your three central characters. Your book was hard to read, but it is a MUST READ.
ke no other book ever has. The icing on the cake was reading about the childrens union many many years later, the bond they formed and their work with various organizations to keep the story of their mothers journeys alive.
Absolutely beautifully written book. It greatly moved me. Many thanks to the author for sharing this incredible story.
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WOW! What the women in the story went through, what they ALL went through, shouldn't ever happen again, not in anyones lifetime. I cried buckets in many parts of the book, especially at the end. The bonus was the photos in this special edition and they added to the images I had of the camps and the people in them.
If you want to know more about the camps in WWII, then this is one book you must read.
I have always been interested in books to do with the Holocaust. They are always an emotional read and even though I have read quite a few books on the subject, I never tire of reading individual's stories of that horrific time.
Priska, Rachel and Anka are three remarkable women who entered the camps whilst being pregnant. Thanks to the author, the amazing stories of these women hiding their pregnancies and their fight for survival as well as their babies is a story that can now live on and be shared with thousands.
So many people lost so many family and friends during this period and they left the camps literally with the 'clothes' that they stood in. To this day it always amazes me the strength, courage and spirit that many of these people had. It's with thanks to the ones who tell their personal stories that hopefully people will read and learn so that we can one day live in peace.
Born Survivors is certainly a book that everyone should read. The author combines the women's stories with plenty of information and history so that it makes for an emotional yet informative read. Highly recommended.
I won't go into detail as you have to read it for yourself to appreciate what these young women experienced.
My only criticism of the author is that the description of each woman's life and family members is at the beginning of the book and by the time they are sent to Austwiche I was becoming a bit muddled over their previous lives and families, hence my four star rating.
That aside, one can only marvel at the resilience, fortitude and determination to have their babies in the most horrific circumstances. However hard it is to read this book and many others like it, everyone should do so because what happened should never, ever be forgotten.