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Born Survivors

Author : Wendy Holden

Genre : Nonfiction

In recent years, I’ve read a number of books about women’s and men’s experiences in extermination camps set up during World War II. When I lived in Germany for a while many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Dachau—the most sobering experience of my time in that country.

Wendy Holden has chronicled the stories of three married young women, among many others who were separated from their husbands and sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944. They each find herself pregnant, and by chance conceal their condition from the one person who could send them to the gas chamber. These stories of unimaginable hardship and miracles continue as they as then sent to a Nazi-slave labor camp, where they are half-starved and almost worked to death. They then survive a 17-day train journey to Mauthausen in Austria and give birth to their three-pound babies under ghastly conditions—not knowing each other at the time.

This is an amazing, sickening, and also miraculous tale of perseverance against all odds.
You will never think of the prison and labor camps the same.

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