Born Survivors

Born Survivors

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, the inmates are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish seventeen-day train journey.

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.

Title:Born Survivors
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062370259
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About Wendy Holden

Wendy Holden, also known as Taylor Holden, is an experienced author and novelist with more than thirty books already published, including two novels. She has had numerous works transferred to radio and television.


    Born Survivors Reviews

  • Grace S.

    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 standi...

  • Maria

    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...

  • Laura

    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, the...

  • 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 miracul...

  • Maria

    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 rea...

  • Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll

    This book, simply put.... moved me. I'm not Jewish. As far as I know none of my relatives perished during the Holocaust. In fact, aside from telling the stories contained within these pages, the even...

  • itsmyselfines

    4,5*Um livro de cortar a respiração e partir o coração....

  • Sue

    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 ...

  • Manuela Barradas

    "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." - ...

  • Dora Santos Marques

    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 facto...