Friday, 24 July 2015

Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

A true story about three incredible women, Priska, Rachel and Anka who in life never met but shared an extraordinary and compelling story. Each of these remarkable women were taken from their homes and sent to the ghetto and then on to Auschwitz where in order to fight for not only their own survival, but for their unborn babies, they kept their conditions secret to avoid the gas chamber and a devastating fate of so many Jews at this time.

Sent to work as slave labour, the women had to face the fear of the biggest threat alone and under the most evil of circumstances. The women had to avoid disease, starvation and been overworked before having to take a huge chance, with determination and bravery that would change their lives forever.

This is a story that will stay with me for a long time. The book marks not only the seventieth anniversary of their liberation, but also the seventieth birthdays of the three miracle babies, who survived and it is very much about how life came out of such unimaginable circumstances and a chance for new beginnings, as much as it covers a detailed written account of what it was like to be a Jewish woman held in captivity under an evil dictator and it does not hold back and Wendy Holden gives the reader a true and honest account of what did actually happen although the details are horrendous and most appalling crimes and acts of evil of what these people went through, it is something we all need to know and we must all remember.

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