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Born Survivors

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  10,138 Ratings  ·  942 Reviews
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 preg
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Harper
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Marilyn Brine I think it takes more maturity to read this than Night, which is assigned in many high schools. For teenagers reading, I beleive there should be class…moreI think it takes more maturity to read this than Night, which is assigned in many high schools. For teenagers reading, I beleive there should be class discussion as the book unfolds, even at college level. In addition, there is also tremendous value in discussion of the history of many aspects of the Holocaust.(less)

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Grace S.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: clubbin-with-mom
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'
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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
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
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 miraculously give birth while imprisoned and manage to keep their babies alive. A tribute to the indefatigable human spirit embodied by these women who somehow managed to persevere the truly unimaginable. As with most books of this type , not for the squeamish.
I wish this book had a more compelling title.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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 events affect me not at all. Yet, it does.
When I was 16, my parents took me to Germany. Specifically, to Dachau. There I met a man named Martin. He was a Polish officer who refused to support the Third Reich. He walked me through the camp pointing at things and saying, "They hung my father from that tr
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Um livro de cortar a respiração e partir o coração.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii, non-fiction
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
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." - 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
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 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.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Cristina Gaspar
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Book read for three different projects: #Hol73; #VozesdoHolocausto; #LeiturasdoHolocausto3

It seemed like an history lesson, well told and well written. It is hard to believe that such atrocities took place and that is why it is so important to never forget what happened, paying respect to the victims and making sure that will never happen something similar.

"No day shall erase you from the memory of Time"

Despite all this, I could not give the 5 stars as I read "Night", from Elias Wiesel before a
Sarah Beth
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins.

This book tells the story of three separate women who were all in the very early stages of pregnancy in 1944 when they were separated from their husbands, imprisoned, and sent to Auschwitz. Through sheer luck, all three women escaped being gassed and as the war drew to a close, all three were sent to Mauthausen concentration camp through a hellish train journey that killed hundreds. Remarkably, all three women gave birth to li
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
As a previous reviewer said, I am rating the author's writing...not the facts of this book. This story of three holocaust survivors and their experiences in the concentration camps is harrowing. All three give birth and their "miracle babies" meet some 65 years later. (This is NOT a spoiler...the information is on the book flap). Should be a fascinating read, right? Not so.

I read for three reasons: 1) To learn something
2) To be entertained/enthralled/compelled/intrigued
3) To enjoy the beauty
Raquel Bernardes
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-fisicos
É um livro bastante forte, que fala sobre o que aconteceu na época Nazi e dos maus tratos dos quais muita gente passou, a fome que passaram, e dos sobreviventes como conseguiram recuperar a vida e claro os bebés, os três bebés que nasceram no campo. É um relato real de quem passou as passas do Algarve naquele tempo miserável e daqueles estúpidos que mataram muita gente inocente. Não aconselho este livro às pessoas sensíveis.
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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Esta é uma história que deve contar às pessoas o que não pode acontecer outra vez."

É História, todos sabemos o que aconteceu e como aconteceu. Mas ao contrário de milhões de outras histórias sobre esta guerra, a história - real - narrada neste livro é uma história de sobrevivência. É um relato duro, sem filtros, com cores e cheiros, contado a três tempos - antes, durante e depois - e a 3 vozes - Priska, Rachel e Hanka. É um livro muito bem escrito, detalhado - percebe-se todo o trabalho de inv
Among the millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each pass through the concentration camps gates with a secret. Separated from their husbands and strangers to one another, they are pregnant and scared. You will follow them through their horrors of living in these camps, their births, and their freedoms. At the end of the book you then r
read about how each one of these remarkable women made a new life for themselves. A rather lengthy read, bu
Ana Rodrigues
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.》"
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
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
Leonor Lopes
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Já li alguns livros relacionados com os campos de concentração, mas acho que nunca li um tão cruel...
A história de 3 mulheres que não eram suposto terem sobrevivido, a história de 3 bebés que não eram suposto terem nascido, muito menos , sobrevivido.
Narrada com realismo nu e cru, baseada em testemunhos e fotos reais.
Sara Cristina
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocausto
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.
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable, Heartbreaking, Compelling, Moving & Inspiring! A Truly Amazing Read! I Loved It!
Dalila Melfe
A realidade dura e crua. Impressionante como as atrocidades descritas aconteceram realmente.
Entre as vítimas do Holocausto enviadas para Auschwitz em 1944, três mulheres levavam consigo um segredo quando passaram pelos portões do infame campo de concentração.
Priska, Rachel e Anka estavam grávidas de poucas semanas, enfrentando um destino incerto longe dos seus maridos. Sozinhas, assustadas, e após terem perdido tantos familiares às mãos dos nazis, sentiam-se determinadas em lutar pelo que lhes restava: as vidas dos seus bebés.
Estas mulheres deram à luz em circunstâncias inima
Carol Paur
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book covers the experiences of three women that were pregnant at the time they were in concentration camps during Hitler's regime. The unspeakable suffering is almost unimaginable. I especially appreciated that the book also covers what these women's lives were like before and after their time in Mauthausen. A moving and excellent read.
Alípio Vieira Firmino
Apesar de anteriormente ter tido acesso a inúmeros relatos em documentários, filmes e livros sobre o holocausto, a autora conseguiu deixar-me surpreendido e chocado com a mesma intensidade que fiquei da primeira vez... Sempre que termino algo sobre este tema, fico a pensar se os animais não se ficarão a rir da nossa racionalidade...
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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.

A journalist for eighteen years, ten on the Daily Telegraph of London, her first novel THE SENSE OF PAPER was published by Random House, New York, in 2006 to widespread critical acclaim.
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