Born survivors : three young mothers and their extraordinary story of courage, defiance, and hope
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New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015].
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9780062370259, 0062370251
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Oak Brook Public Library - Nonfiction
940.5318 HOL

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First U.S. edition.
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xiv, 385 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Language
English

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"Originally published in Great Britain in 2015 by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group"--Title-page verso.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [369]-375).
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Among the millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each pass through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to one another, they are newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women are privately determined to hold on to all they have left: their lives and those of their unborn babies. That the gas chambers ran out of Zyklon B just after the babies were born, before they and their mothers could be exterminated, is just one of several miracles that allowed them all to survive and rebuild their lives after World War II. Born Survivors follows the mothers' incredible journey--first to Auschwitz, where they each came under the murderous scrutiny of Dr. Josef Mengele; then to a German slave-labor camp, where, half-starved and almost worked to death, they struggled to conceal their condition; and, finally, as the Allies closed in, their hellish seventeen-day train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. Biographer Wendy Holden details the courage and kindness of strangers, including guards and civilians, which helped save these women and their children. Sixty-five years later, the three "miracle babies" meet for the first time at Mauthausen for the anniversary of the American liberation. United by their remarkable experiences of survival against all odds, they come to consider each other "siblings of the heart." In Born Survivors, Holden brings all three stories together for the first time, to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and love amid inconceivable cruelty.

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Holden, W. (2015). Born survivors: three young mothers and their extraordinary story of courage, defiance, and hope (First U.S. edition.). Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Holden, Wendy, 1961-. 2015. Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope. New York, New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Holden, Wendy, 1961-. Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope New York, New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

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Holden, Wendy. Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope First U.S. edition., Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

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