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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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
As with most books about the World War II concentration camps, this is a difficult book to read. However, this one is different because there is a good outcome for the three women highlighted in this book. Each of these three women, through good luck or miracle or whatever you want to call it, survived Auschwitz and were sent to Mauthausen were they survived until the war ended. All three women - Priska, Rachel, and Anka - were in their early pregnancies when they were first sent to Auschwitz an ...more
Een indrukwekkend boek. Sowieso is het verhaal al heel bijzonder. Ten eerste dat Priska, Rachel en Anka het voor elkaar hebben gekregen om hun zwangerschap te verbergen toen het nodig was. Maar ook dat ze, ondanks alle ontberingen die ze hebben doorstaan, toch een baby hebben gekregen en dat die het ook nog overleefd hebben. In dat opzicht hebben ze soms ook geluk gehad. Al merkte je bij alledrie de vrouwen ook wel een soort wilskracht om toch door te zetten.
Het boek heeft wel lange hoofdstukke ...more
Não tenho palavras para descrever este livro. Muito rico em informação e cheio de coisas por descobrir. Eu mesmo sabendo muita coisa sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial e assuntos relacionados ao Holocausto, aprendi muitas coisas com este maravilhoso livro. Uma verdadeira lição de vida.
Staggering facts: In six years, the Nazis had killed approximately two thirds of the nine-and-a-half million Jews living in Europe, as well as millions of non-Jews. Only 300,000 of Poland's 3.3 million Jews had survived WWII. The United States eventually accepted some 400,000 refugees but denied many more access to a new life here. Unwelcome anywhere else in the world, many Polish Jews had little alternative but to return to what was by then a Soviet puppet state.
With survival admittedly just a ...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
Gosto de ler livros que me entretenham, que me façam rir, que me façam sonhar, que me façam viajar por mundos imaginários. Mas de vez em quando gosto de ler livros sobre pessoas reais e mundos reais. Não foi o meu 1º livro sobre o Holocausto e muito já foi escrito e dito. Como tal apenas vos digo que é impressionante aquilo que um ser humano pode fazer a outros apenas pela sua ideologia. E que até compreendo que existam loucos como o Hitler, mas que estes sejam seguidos por milhares de outras pe ...more
The Born Survivors of the title are Eva, Mark and Hana, babies born in April 1945 in Mauthausen, a nazi concentration camp. But perhaps the title applies equally to their amazing mothers whose strength and determination to protect their unborn children was incredible.
It is sobering to read again of the terrible experiences of the Jewish people during the second world war and distressing to say the least to read about the horrendous conditions in the Nazi camps. In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden fi ...more