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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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    "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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    "Just an incredible story!"

    This book was incredible. All the details of how the three women ended up in concentration camps and how they came to give birth. It didn't seem possible that a baby could survive such an ordeal. As the story moves along you feel like you are a part of it. Sometimes joyful but often sad and tearful over what the Jews had to go through. Unimaginable. But the narrator brought this book to life like no book I have listened to before. I have the kindle book as well and expect to read through chapters now and then. The strongest three women I have ever heard about were the mothers giving birth in the true story.

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    Peter 05-25-17
    Peter 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    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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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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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    Sally S 10-11-17
    Sally S 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow!"

    This book is truly amazing! I recommend this to anyone and everyone who enjoys the history of world war 2 or any war in general.

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    Toni 06-16-17
    Toni 06-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "all narrative..not good"

    although some of iit interesting .the way it was written.was not interesting..not worth the money or the time. .do not buy !!!

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    Lani New Jersey 05-14-17
    Lani New Jersey 05-14-17 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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