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Born Survivors Audiobook

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope

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Publisher's Summary

Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have left-their lives, and those of their unborn babies. Having concealed their condition from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, they are forced to work and almost starved to death, living in daily fear of their pregnancies being detected by the SS.

In April 1945, Priska gives birth. She and her baby, along with Anka, Rachel, and the remaining inmates, are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish train journey. Rachel gives birth on the train; Anka at the camp gates. All believe they will die-then a miracle occurs. The gas chamber runs out of Zyklon-B, and as the Allied troops near, the SS flee. Against all odds, the three mothers and their newborns survive their treacherous journey to freedom.

©2015 Wendy Holden (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An astonishing and deeply moving work." (Booklist, Starred Review)

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    "A beautifully told story"

    On such a difficult topic I thought this was beautifully told. It's like I knew the people personally. Very moving and a must listen.

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    Lani New Jersey 05-14-17
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    What a moving story about three women who endured unthinkable odds. It's about mans inhumanity to man. I am fascinated by how we let this happen in our world. It's a very sad and depressing story but also one of triumph against all odds. I highly recommend but grab a tissue.

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    courtney 04-24-17
    courtney 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING"

    What a wonderful read! Anyone who has an interest in learning about the Holocaust should read this! Such a touching account of the struggles of three brave women.

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    Cathey Johnson 04-08-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A moving story but slow in areas"
    What did you love best about Born Survivors?

    Learning more of the Holocaust and Auschwitz.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All three pregnant women in the book were interesting.


    What does Elizabeth Wiley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good reader


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was very interesting and moving but I have liked other Holocaust books better.

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    paula wright 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Could only listen to small bits at a time. Too heart wrenching"

    Such a good book. Some of the most graphic details of life in a concentration camp. Heart breaking what man can do to man in the name of "just following orders". Will definitely read more from this author

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    T. Jacobs 02-26-17
    T. Jacobs 02-26-17

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    "Epic."

    Heart breakingly beautiful. These stories should be shared in schools. There is so much to learn from.

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    lana 02-24-17
    lana 02-24-17 Member Since 2012
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    "the best survival book"

    best survival book that I have read and I have listened to Manny of them.I have never written a review this is my first. to be the mothers that went through the camps you have to read it to find out what happened to the children. the best history. I injoyed the narrator's change of voices

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    tamara oertel 02-20-17
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    "Not worth your time !"

    The storyline of this book is confusing. The reader is monotone and the author fails to make smooth transitions between characters. Way to many lists of names and places - distracts the reader.

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    nessad 02-13-17
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    "a must read"

    A must read. It was very well written. It made u feel like u were right there. Such strong women!

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