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Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Hidden Child Survivors of the Holocaust

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,141 ratings  ·  192 reviews
The story of the generation of hidden child survivors told through the true experiences of three Jewish girls—from Poland, Holland, and France—who transcended their traumatic childhoods to lead remarkable lives in America.

Only one in ten Jewish children in Europe survived the Holocaust, many in hiding. In Such Good Girls, R. D. Rosen tells the story of these survivors thro
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Harper
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Diane S ☔
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the lives of three of the hidden children during the holocaust, one hidden with her mother using forged papers and passing as Catholic. The other two in different and sometimes worse situations.
Some would not learn they were Jewish until they were grown and had trouble accepting the truth.

Although I have read many books fiction and non about the holocaust I never really thought about those that had survived because they were hidden, raised by other families or just sheltered by
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These real-life stories are absolutely fascinating!

This is truly a fascinating story of three women who survived the holocaust and lived to tell their stories. The author coins the phrase "Such good girls," to describe these women who were brave enough to live through one of the greatest genocide that ever occurred in modern civilization and tell the rest of the world what happened during the reign the Third Reich. Sophie Turner was raised by a Catholic family to protect her Jewish identity; Fl
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors by R. D. Rosen is a very highly recommended nonfiction account of several hidden child survivors of the holocaust.

Most people know of Anne Frank, a child hidden for most of WWII who did not survive, but there were other Jewish children who were hidden and survived the Holocaust. In Such Good Girls R. D. Rosen shares the stories of three woman who survived the holocaust by hiding and how it affected their lives. The book is di
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Powerful! A group of survivors that I knew nothing about... for good reason, actually. What a lifetime bind these poor people are in and little the rest of us knew. My heart aches. Incredibly well done!
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book will break your heart. It is a narrative of the lives of the "hidden children" of the Holocaust as told through the individual stories of three of them.

These children were sequestered at the homes of mostly Christians (and not just Christians, but Righteous among the Nations Christians) for several years in Poland, the Netherlands, and Germany during the Holocaust. During this period, their parents instructed them never to mention that they were Jewish, and in one case, the mother dril
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Oh boy. I really struggled with this book.

First of all, the title—Such Good Girls—is rather misleading. Most of the first third of the book is concerned with the story of Sophie Turner-Zaretsky. The stories of the other titular girls—Flora Hogman and Carla Lessing—have about thirty pages each devoted to them, though Carla shares her space with a fourth “hidden child” survivor: her husband Ed Lessing. Mr. Lessing is, of course, not a girl (good or otherwise); nor a
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Today’s post is on Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust’s Hidden Child Survivors by R. D. Rosen. It is 304 pages long including a bibliography, list of documentaries and feature films and is published by HarperCollins. The cover has a picture of a young girl praying in a garden. The intended reader is someone who is interested in Holocaust history. There is some language, talk of rape and sexual abuse, and talk about one of the most horrible times in human history; teens and adults for ...more
3.5 stars. Yet another piece to the Holocaust I’ve read little about- the hidden children. The book started off being written in more of a novel format which I liked. I wish the part written about Flora had included more, as it came right after the section written about Sophie which was much more detailed. After the first section of the book, I found it more difficult to read as it switched from being novel-like, to more journalistic. The part written about the hidden children survivor’s struggl ...more
The first story in this book was great. About a jewish girl who was hidden during WW2 to survive. It had a lot of details and great information. After that chapter the author interrupts the flow and puts in his experience of interviewing these (now) women - something I thought should have went in the afterward. Then it goes into a story of a different girl and then a third. These 2 stories were not at all detailed and were only a few pages in length. The entire feel of the book was gone for me. ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am thankful that R.D. Rosen did the research and wrote this book. This is a part of the Holocaust of which I was unaware.
Lois R. Gross
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The most famous "hidden child" of the Shoah is, undoubtedly, Anne Frank. Unfortunately, Anne was captured and died of disease merely weeks before the liberation of Bergen Belsen where she and her sister, Margot, were imprisoned.

The lives of the children documented by R.D. Rosen were more fortunate in that they survived the Holocaust. However, they live with an unending legacy of survivor's guilt, tortured memories, and bringing their lost childhoods into their adult lives.

The author focuses on t
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I received this book as a free copy from the publisher to read and review, and I have to say that I went through such a range of emotions as I relived the Holocaust through the eyes of the hidden children. The book mostly chronicles the stories of three girls (Sophie, Flora and Carla), their lives as children in hiding in Europe and their lives after the war and subsequent adulthood in New York City; although towards the end of the book, short histories of other hidden children are also chronicl ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My consensus of the holocaust is its about the survivors of the concentration camps during WWII. This book opened my eyes to a whole generation of what's known as the hidden child survivors. Children separated from their families, watch them die in some instances, forced to denounce their heritage, religious beliefs in order to survive the Nazi persecution of the Jews. These children would be taken in by strangers, some good, some bad, forced to hide in abandoned buildings, always living with th ...more
Gerry Wilson
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of the "hidden" children of WWII. We all know about Anne Frank, but I was not aware of the vast underground of children who were taken in by non-Jews and saved by having their Jewish identities erased. The author picks and chooses the stories to tell, which is understandable. I was bothered by the book's lack of good editing (for me, more and more a problem these days; where are the editors?). If that doesn't bother you particularly, and you're interested in WWII history, you w ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The accounts of the girls' stories were compelling and I wanted to know more. The latter part of the book was dry, more academic, and a bit scattered.

I received a digital review copy through Edelweiss in exchange for my comments.
Jamie Marfurt
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. The stories it shares are inspiring, but the overall writing style was just so dry & academic that it was hard to stay interested, or to feel any sort of connection to the women. ...more
Christa Maurice
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
A fascinating subject poorly written about.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know how much I needed to read this book until I read it. I was hesitant to read it at first because I’ve been needing more uplifting books and a book about the Holocaust is generally the opposite of uplifting. But this book was the perfect balance of depressing historical events and victim empowerment. It made for bittersweet reading. On one hand, the hidden children defied Hitler’s attempt to eradicate the Jewish race. On the other hand, those same hidden children lived with psycholog ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first half of book covers the stories of three Jewish girls hidden in three different countries during WWII. The first one, Sophie's story, was the hardest to read, because there are graphic descriptions of Nazis killing children. Most everyone interested in Holocaust stories, however, should be able to make it through all three stories.

The second half of the book deals with many more hidden children, and discusses their feelings and fears as survivors. It also looks at what happened when th
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Such Good Girls chronicles the true stories of children who were hidden by other families or in convents during the Holocaust, and who survived to recount these. The focus is on a handful of these child survivors, elderly at the time the book was written, who were willing to share their stories. When we think of Holocaust survivors, we typically think of those who by some miracle made it out of a concentration camp, but they are not alone in having suffered as a result of the actions of one of t ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.D. Rosen met Sophie accidentally at a friend's Seder, and when he learned she had survived the Holocaust by posing as a Catholic child, he didn't really know what to say. He had never met any Holocaust survivors. However, he got an idea for a short story for children based on the little stuffed bear she carried with her and this grew into a friendship and ultimately this book which tells the stories of three young girls who survived genocide by hiding.

These narratives are descriptive and comp
Sharing the stories of three remarkable Jewish women in completely different circumstances who were all hidden from the Nazis as children. The author focuses on the psychological repercussions of these experiences and how this population of Holocaust survivors remained "hidden" decades later for a complex variety of reasons, not the least being that their childhood survival depended on them staying hidden and quiet and that's a hard habit to break. There was no mental healthcare system ready to ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this true story about a group of Holocaust survivors, that have really not been written about very often. In fact, I learned from the book, that for a long time the only people who are considered Holocaust survivors were those who had actually survived the concentration camps. This book explores the effect being hidden, taking on new identities to help keep them safe, at. young ages, separated from their parents in many cases, those one of the children written about in the story ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely interesting book about the children who were hidden during the Holocaust. Book focuses on three girls. Sophie and her mother get false papers and live as Polish Catholics for the entire war. Sophie doesn't even know she is Jewish. Flora lives in an orphanage and several other homes. She is adopted by the last family after the war. Carla and her mother and brother live with a family in Holland. All survive.

The second half of the book deals with their lives after the war and a great dea
Barbara Nelson
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Child Survivors

This was and is very important for me. I've never heard or read about these children before this. What tortured souls these adult children were and many remain so. How brave and how obedient and cooperative they were in order to remain hidden and save not only their lives but the lives of the caretaker families during the Holocaust. I'm in awe of their lives of giving to others and continually working to help each other make sense of who they were then and are now.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is the worst kind of disappointment, because it started off strong (at least four stars!) and pivoted at the halfway point to become a sort of disorganized mess that didn't know what it wanted to accomplish. I'm giving it three stars because the first half was so good. I really wish the author would have stuck to telling stories about the children in hiding instead of psychoanalyzing them at the end. It became incredibly disjointed and laborious to read at that point. :(
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carmelita Andrade Duncan
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each story gives one a clear perspective on what it was like growing up during the Holocaust. Even though they were in different countries and circumstances their experiences in detail takes one along on their journey which shaped their lives. As with so many other child survivors of the Holocaust there is an emotional and spiritual battle between acknowledging their Jewish origin and accepting Catholicism as a means of survival.
Lois Dwartz
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take this Journey......

A riveting read and learning experience. For those who had the blessing of living in the United States during the Second World War, this book makes you realize the untold strength that these survivors had, and the horrors these children had to endure. Well written and thought out.
Hope Gerhardstein
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book about 3 girls who survived by hiding during the holocaust. Towards the end of the book many more characters were introduced with their survival tactics. I started getting confused as to who , what, when and where. Interesting to see how they overcame their traumatic experiences and chose careers to help others. They are all elderly now so you get a glimpse of their entire life.
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Richard Dean Rosen's writing career spans mystery novels, narrative nonfiction, humor books, and television. Strike Three You're Dead (1984), the first in Rosen's series featuring major league baseball player Harvey Blissberg, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America in 1985. Blissberg's adventures continued in four sequels, including Fadeaway (1986) and Saturda ...more

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