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Os Bebés de Auschwitz

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  15,413 ratings  ·  1,480 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 22nd 2015 by Vogais (first published May 5th 2015)
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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.
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,
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll
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
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, wwii
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 ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 | Books, less beer & a baby Gaspar
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
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 ...more
Vannetta Chapman
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
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,
Rita Costa (Lusitania Geek)
this book tells about for the first hand, an amazing true story about 3 womens who were victims of the Holocaust, who they were very much alone on this horrendus circumstances without their beloved one who had to face difficulties to be alive on the most darkest event of our mankind history.

What are the chances to be alive, specially pregnant during the concentration camps and hide from nazi authorities ?! It shows the strenght of those ladies who went from losing their family members,
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those books that is so meticulously researched and the detail is so realistic, it hurts to read it. I think what struck me the most about these stories and the women besides the fact that they were able to hide their pregnancies for so long, is that they were cadavarous humans we have seen with the dead eyes. Their birth stories are told in one chapter which all occurred near the very end of the war. Just to be clear, that time period was the time that the Third Reich were ...more
Sarah Beth
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
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Winter Sophia Rose
Unforgettable, Heartbreaking, Compelling, Moving & Inspiring! A Truly Amazing Read! I Loved It!
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2015
5 to Ms Holden for writing such a remarkable well-researched novel and one of the most debilitating holocaust stories that I’ve ever read. I cried many times throughout this book over the unimaginable conditions that these three ladies endured under the Hitler regime. Their situation of pregnancy and childbirth within the Nazi prison camp system is unforgettable. This book is a must read!

*Trigger warnings throughout*
Carol Paur
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tracey Anderson
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you only ever read one book about the holocaust let this be the one.
Officially I can only give it five stars but unofficially it's worth ten. Author Wendy Holden has done a remarkable job of blending documented facts and survivor's memories with photographs to bring the stories of three strong women and their babies who refused to die to life. Strangely it wasn't the atrocities that brought me to tears, although those were hard things to read about. It was the kindness, specifically those of
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am drawn to books about World War II and the Holocaust. This one is the true story of three pregnant women sent to concentration camps who birthed babies that all survived the war. The subject matter is incredible and harrowing, but the telling is disorganized and sloppy. The author had a hard time intertwining these women's stories (none of them knew each other) with true events at the camps. Really difficult to follow and pretty disappointing.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This is a remarkable story. Holden documents three women's experiences during the Holocaust. All three women were pregnant and gave birth to their children in concentration camps. All three women and their children survived. It's incredible to think of their strength and resilience. I feel so lucky to get to learn from Holden and one of the survivors next week at the U.S. Holocaust museum.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"No day shall erase you from the memory of Time. Virgil"

“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.”
Janice Griffin
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-own
This was an incredible story, but poorly told. The book contained grammatical errors and typos. It was repetitious and somewhat disjointed.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An astonishing story. It is good to be reminded from time to time how horrible people can be and also how remarkably resilient.
Jennie Louwes
I liked this book; but, it was a slow, hard read for me. The subject matter goes without saying as to why it was (at times) hard to get through; but, unfortunately, it's within the writing style/presentation that I've given this book a 3 star rating.

To the women, their children, and those that intervened along the way - they deserve far more than a 5 star rating in regards to the telling of their stories, the ways in which they survived, and in how they chose to live their lives both before,
John Fish
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Good morning pretty lady, are you pregnant?’ These where the infamous words from Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death, at Auschwitz II–Birkenau concentration camp. If found to be pregnant then - with a flick of Mengele’s glove - the women would have been taken away to face certain death in the gas chambers.
Born Survivors is the story of Priska, Rachel and Anka, three women who had never met but were transported to the camp late on during the war. The book tells the story of how at the
Vicki Carr
The experiences of the three women was certainly horrific. I didn't have as much background about the liberation and complications of government within eastern European countries post-liberation prior to reading this book. I appreciated having the opportunity to learn more about those aspects of the Holocaust.

In terms of the writing itself, I found it difficult to keep these three women, their families, and the logistics of their experiences straight. I wondered if it was just me, but after
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The story of these three women is a testament to the strength and courage of all who endured the horrors of the Holocaust. Disturbing at times (as so many of these true accounts are), it is also incredibly inspiring. In light of some of the recent anti-semitic events in our country, it seems it is just as important as it ever was that we read about these events and remember them and, above all, keep them from ever happening again.
Liz Rosebraugh
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book that was at times horrifying and at other times heartwarming. I've never read a book about the treatment of the Jews in WWII from a survivors viewpoint. I highly recommend it,but be prepared information that you've never heard and be ready to shed a few tears. This book will change your life!
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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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