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94 Maidens

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  26 reviews
They are innocent schoolgirls ranging in age from 14 to 22. Under normal circumstances they should be learning, laughing, and playing. Unfortunately, the year is 1942 and the place is Nazi-occupied Poland. Nothing is normal. On the night of August 11, dressed only in cotton nightgowns, they await their fate at the hand
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 3rd 2012 by Dog Ear Publishing
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Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
94 Maidens: A novel inspired by True Events is by Rhonda Fink-Whitman. This is one of those books I would consider to be more of a memorial than a novel as it is based on true events. However, since people were changed and some other things wee changed. Sometimes, in order to tell a story, you have to go beyond the truth to be able to get your truth across. This story deals with the love a family has for itself and for their religion. For a final gift to her, Sarah’s Father gives her the love of ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book about the German/Jewish Holocaust and a family that lived through the hell. This is a true, interwoven story that captures your attention from the first pages and true attitude of people who just don't understand. Teenage attitude, husband's impatience all turn into a rare opportunity to learn not just about the Holocaust but to learn about your family and the history of survival. It is a quick read, mostly because you just can not stop! ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing writing! I had to read this a little at a time because i cried every time i read a passage from this book! SO VERY proud and impressed with my friend Rhonda! Everyone should read this!
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This was an interesting look at what happened to one family during World War II. I learned things about the holocaust that I did not know before - and I knew a LOT before.

Keep your tissues handy for this story.

UPDATE - (about one week later)

So, I got an email saying that the author liked my review. However, my review was a very quick summary that did not do the book justice. I am in a hurry again but I am going to try and do better this time.

In the first scene of the book teenagers get exaspe
Len Knighton
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
94 Maidens is the riveting story of the author’s family history as she discovered it and perceived it as told in the historical novel portion of the book. Three tributaries contribute to this one river of suspense and emotion. Rhonda Fink-Whitman, with her husband and son, takes an eventful journey through the portals that enable her to learn of her ancestors who lived and died during the Holocaust. One branch of the river, pictured on the cover of the book, is also a branch of her family tree, ...more
The author, along with her husband and son, visited her mother's homeland in order to hear for herself the story her mother was never able to relate to her. In her retelling of the journey the reality of the horrors of the holocaust once again cannot help but impact the reader (it definitely did me). A powerful story. ...more
Diane Stefan

5.0 out of 5 stars!‎ A Must Read‬!!
I just finished reading 94 Maidens last evening – hard through the tears. . .but such a well written, sad and beautiful sharing of truths, extreme evil and pure goodness. . . a true rendering of family and life, death, unimaginable sorrow, written so well – weaving and flowing and connecting the horrible past and the hope-filled future.
Cyndee Lee Rule
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is rare for me to be so engrossed in a book to read it in one sitting. "94 Maidens" is a powerful story of courage and perseverance in one of the most dismal and bleak times in human history. This book brought tears to my eyes and wrenched my heart. Highly recommended. 5 stars! ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this after following the original story on FB. Excellent!
Robin Loveman
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a moving story, but very poorly written. And unless you know absolutely nothing about the Holocaust, there is far too much unnecessary explanation.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brought tears to my eyes and heart.
Colleen Brown
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent heartbreaking, heartwarming novel. Please read and please continue to educate.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone. The fictional accounts cannot convey the horrors of that time as first hand telling does.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has a setting which is current, and reminded me of the affect that the horrible Holocaust killings has on the world.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a shame, because the plot is so good. However, I believe someone said this is self-published, and it shows. The writing, organization, and editing are quite poor. Perhaps if a professional publisher picked it up and improved on these points, it would flow better. For example, some chapters have dates at the beginning, but others do not---even though they are not in the same time frame as the previous chapter. The present-day scenes don't advance the story. Some chapters are half of a pag ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care much for the author's style - it was sometimes difficult to tell if she was in present-day or in WWII. And she was a bit manipulative in building an unnecessary suspense as to the identities of the people involved (I had figured out all but one by the end, and that in itself was a distraction from the story).

That being said, it was a tale that more of us need to read and remember, especially today's young people. The horrors of the Holocaust are being denied or glossed over by a lo
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very moving. Must read for historical readers

Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book didn't live up to the 4 and 5 star reviews it got at all. It felt like the present story and the flashback story were written by two different authors. The writing in the present day story was so juvenile. And while the flash back story was interesting is seemed very choppy and all over the map. I'm thinking this is because it's based on a true story and the historical info wasn't completely filled in. Overall the story of the family's history was very interesting but the book wasn't w ...more
Nancy S
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I would like to give this book a 5, as many have done, but I think many of them are because of the painful subject matter. The characters are all likeable, but there is not much depth to them. I never felt I really knew any of them. The storyline, about Jews living through the Holocaust, is also glossed over. I never really felt the horror, except the foreboding I had from because of my previous knowledge of what was likely to happen.

Not a bad book, but not a great one, either.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because I am familiar with the author, Rhonda Fink Whitman's work calling attention to the need for Pennsylvania to have mandated Holocaust education. Now that Governor Corbett has signed such a bill I am hoping that our children will able to understand this period in history.
If you have not seen her interviews of college students regarding the whole period surrounding the Holocaust, you should. One of the interviews is entitled 94 Maidens.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Once I got past the first chapter, I started to get drawn into the story. I've read quite a bit about the Holocaust but still learned some new (& terrible) things that occurred. At times I found myself having to "get through" the author's personal account in order to read the more compelling (and better written) narratives. ...more
It's neither great history (really basic stuff to anyone who's familiar with the Holocaust) nor highly accurate/detailed historical fiction, and with a long list of books on my "to read" pile, I set this aside. ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very easy read-unfortunatly I found this out last night when I started it at 9:30 and finished at 2:30 in the morning. It has been a very long time since I have read a book in one sitting and even in that short period of time I got very attached to the characters.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story is absolutely compelling and interesting. However, the author needs an editor to get this book into better shape and the storyline needs some reformatting. Still, this book is a worthwhile read, even though it is a bit rough around the edges.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a compelling story and quick read. Like other reviews, I felt it was a bit choppy and disjointed. I would recommend it for its content though.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little choppy at times, but a great story.
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"It wasn't my choice to write this was my responsibility." ~ Rhonda Fink-Whitman is a veteran TV and radio personality as well as an award-winning screenwriter, longtime Jewish educator and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. 94 Maidens is her first novel.

She lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and two cats. In their free time, for which they thank our tr

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