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Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope Paperback – May 3 2016

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 3 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062370266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062370266
  • ASIN: 006237026X
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It’s no surprise Born Survivors is gathering excellent reviews.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Packed with harrowing detail and impressively well-researched…. Intense, powerful, and moving, more than make up for this. Born Survivors is a worthy testament to these three women and the miraculous survival of their children.” (Jewish Chronicle)

“A work of quite extraordinary investigative dedication…. A moving testament of faith.” (Sir Harold Evans)

Born Survivors, is exceptionally fresh history, a work of prodigious original research, written with zealous empathy.” (Women in the World, New York Times online)

“An astonishing and deeply moving work.… With remarkable detail gleaned from a wealth of research.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Even though it occurred more than 70 years ago, the story’s truth is so chillingly portrayed that it seems as if it could have happened recently.... An engrossing, intense, and highly descriptive narrative chronicling the ghastly conditions three pregnant women suffered through at the hands of the Nazis.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Holden’s triple biography is packed with enough contextual information to qualify as a history lesson but makes its impression as a tale of undeniable courage and astonishing love in the face of incredible cruelty and evil.” (Contra Costa Times)

“Holden weaves…written, oral and recorded accounts, plus an array of historical records, into a spellbinding story of perseverance amid systematic abuse.” (American Jewish World)

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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.

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