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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  12,354 ratings  ·  1,223 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
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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'
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Laura
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
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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 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
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Camie
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.
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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
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Maria
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
espacodelivros
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4,5*
Um livro de cortar a respiração e partir o coração.
Gabriela
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocausto, 2019, hol74
Primeiro livro de 2019, com uma história forte e sincera. Absolutamente necessário ler este livro. Duro e poderoso.
"Por vezes, o simples fato de viver é, por si só, um ato de coragem."
Sue
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
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.
Barbara Rodrigues
Muito bom! Sinto que aprendi muito com este livro. Parabéns ao trabalho de investigação.
Barb
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
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
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Vanessa Montês
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestaram-me
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Uma das coisas que adorei neste livro foi que, apesar de o livro ser sobre estas três mulheres pois estavam as três grávidas, eram mulheres que vinham de meios muitíssimo diferentes, por isso a forma como "viam" e sobreviveram foi diferente, dependendo das línguas que falavam, educação, entre outros. Foram estes diferentes pontos de visão que tornaram o livro tão rico e brutal. As descrições estão fantásticas, dando para compreender perfeitamente como era o ambiente, pelo menos de forma teó
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Lynn
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
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
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Vannetta Chapman
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I tend to avoid books about the Holocaust. I'm aware of the facts of that historical event. My father served in Europe in WWII. I think it's important to be aware, but I don't especially like to read books about it.

I'm glad I read this one.
Born Survivors is a phenomenal story, not just about suffering and depravity and 'man's inhumanity to man'--though it does include those things. But more than that, down deep beneath the things we'd rather not revisit are stories of courage and compassion and
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Joann
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
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Livrólicos
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não podia dar menos do que cinco estrelas. Dos melhores livros que li desde sempre - apesar de ser muito duro saber do que o ser humano é capaz -, e do tema talvez seja mesmo o melhor livro que já li.
Grande trabalho de pesquisa de Wendy Holden. Gostei muito.
A única crítica são as gralhas/erros do livro. Não sei quem fez (ou não) a revisão, mas que nada belisca a qualidade do mesmo.
Levei algum tempo a terminar, mas não pela falta de qualidade, antes pelo contrário. É preciso "estômago" para aba
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Diana
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leitura para o #hol74

"É muito importante recordar todos aqueles milhões de pessoas que foram mortos. E, especialmente, todos aqueles que nunca tiveram ninguém para os recordar, porque todas as suas famílias e todas as suas comunidades foram destruídas. É nosso dever contar essa história e tentar prevenir que tais atrocidades voltem a acontecer uma e outra vez." - Eva

Um livro poderoso e chocante que todos deveriam ler. Quanto mais pensava que não seria surpreendida com novas descrições sobre a v
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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
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Diane
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
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Joanne
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
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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.

http://aviciadadoslivros.blogspot.com...
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.》"
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!
Hannie
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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OV
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
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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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“Over time, Jews were banned from state hospitals and not allowed to travel further than thirty kilometres from their homes. Public parks, playgrounds, rivers, swimming pools, beaches and libraries were placed out of bounds. The names of all Jewish soldiers were scratched off First World War memorials,” 9 likes
“The more people who know about what happened, the less likely it is to happen again, I hope,’ she said. ‘This is a story which should teach people that it mustn’t happen again.” 2 likes
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