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
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
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
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
"Eles levaram o nosso orgulho e nós fizemos o melhor que pudemos. mas nunca mais fomos os mesmos." - pág. 66
"Se não uivássemos com os restantes lobos, acabaríamos num campo de concentração." - pág. 209
"Perdemos tudo e todos. Se perdermos a nossa humanidade, perderemos a única coisa que não tínhamos de perder" - pág. 358
"Quantas mais pessoas souberem o que aconteceu, menos provável é que volte a acontecer, espero eu. Esta é uma história que deve ensinar às pessoas o que não pode acontecer outra v ...more
Embora devore tudo o que tenha a ver com este tema e atualmente existirem tantos livros destes, este foi dos livros que mais me marcou em toda a vida.
Excepcionalmente bem escrito, onde todos os factos e relatos são comportados por uma investigação zelosa.
Mesmo assim e conhecendo o que se passou, dei por mim várias vezes a chorar e compulsivamente. É um livro que deveria de ser lido por todas as pessoas.
Atenção que o livro tem imensas gralhas, inclusive, erros ortográficos.
Tema druhej svetovej vojny a holokaustu ma pritahuje uz od detstva. Tato kniha splnala vsetko, doslova a do pismena, po com som vzdy v knihach o holokauste prahla. Neskutocne prepracovane dielo vzdavam poklonu autorke, ze sa dokazala popasovat tak grandiozne s napadom ktory dostala, ked sa dozvedela o osude troch babatiek.
Prve tri kapitoly knihy su venovane trom hlavnym postavam slovenke Priske, polke Ráchel a ceske Anke vykresluju ich zivoty od narodenia pred vojnou a pocas vojny az do momentu ...more
An incredible accounting of three children born of concentration camp prisoners. I've read a good number of books detailing the horrors of life during Hitler's obscene attack on humanity during WWII. I found this one to be one of the more compelling I've read. This is a true accounting of the process of control over the lives, and later internment, of three women. And, of the three children they bore just as the Nazi's lost the war. These children are youngest survivors of this hell. Their stori ...more
‘Good morning pretty lady, are you pregnant?’ These where the infamous words from Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death, at Auschwitz II–Birkenau concentration camp. If found to be pregnant then - with a flick of Mengele’s glove - the women would have been taken away to face certain death in the gas chambers.
Born Survivors is the story of Priska, Rachel and Anka, three women who had never met but were transported to the camp late on during the war. The book tells the story of how at the b ...more