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Born Survivors Audiobook

Born Survivors

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Publisher's Summary

Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were 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 were privately determined to hold on to all they had 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 labour camp where, half-starved and almost worked to death, they struggled to conceal their condition; and finally, as the Allies closed in, their hellish 17-day train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria.

Hundreds died along the way, but the courage and kindness of strangers, including guards and civilians, helped save these women and their children.

In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their 70th birthdays and the 70th 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 to love amid inconceivable cruelty.

©2015 Wendy Holden (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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  • Mrs J M Blanc
    25/11/15
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    "A truly incredible story"

    It is hard to believe that these 'babies' survived at all. What incredible determination and tenacity their mothers displayed in the face of all the horrors they witnessed. A story that has been brilliantly written and truly brings the personalities of the characters alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roger King
    6/08/16
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    "Well written, with all the horrors they went through"

    With all that is written it makes me wonder how could someone treat another person in the way these people were yet alone a nation. It was a miracle how these woman hid their pregnancy from so called German doctors let alone give birth to their off springs. It was great how the babies born in the camp met up after the war and they have kept in touch ever since. I thought when I first started reading the writing of different survivors they all would be pretty much the same thing, but I was wrong. Each persons story tells a different tail of what went on and each persons builds up the whole story of what happened under the control of the Nazi's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Carr
    22/08/16
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    "Heartbreaking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It gives an insight to the ACTUAL suffering of all the people in the camps. Unbelievable the horror and torture they endured and yet never gave up the will to survive.


    What other book might you compare Born Survivors to, and why?

    Nothing compares to this book


    What about Anne Dover’s performance did you like?

    Excellent story teller spoken with feeling


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing else I can say, very very moving. The people of today have no real idea what the human suffering those people endured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha B.
    14/08/16
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    "A compelling read"

    this is a breathtaking, inspirational true story - so remarkable that it's almost hard to believe it's true. Very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marie
    7/08/16
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    "Absolutely breathtakingly sad"

    couldn't put this book down, very well written and the narration was brilliant
    would recommend highly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellsbelles
    26/06/16
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    "An amazing story of miracle babies born into hell"

    I can never comprehend how the murder of so many people can ever of happened. That any human being could inflict such atrocities on another human is beyond words....
    At a time when extremists are targeting religions again, everyone would do well to remind themselves of the holocaust - we don't want this ever to happen again.
    Excellent book. Well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shaz
    16/02/16
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    "Emotional"

    This story was very emotional and well read ann dover was brilliant I would recommend for people to listen to this well documented story those bravery of the people is unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    13/01/16
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    "loved this book"
    Would you listen to Born Survivors again? Why?

    No never listen to a book again


    Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

    All of the women do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt moved by the ending and the family.


    Any additional comments?

    do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss lj lawley
    31/12/15
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    "Outstanding story about courage, survival, love and hope"

    Really interesting story to learn about the lives of 3 pregnant women who survived such adversity against nazi Germany in the second world war. This story continues after the war until 2015 which allows the reader to have closure on everyone's lives that have been described in the book. A wonderfully written and read audio book about the amazing stories of the survivors wartime experiences. We will not forget and we will teach our children so this never happens again. Thank you for sharing your stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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