Born Survivors

  • by Wendy Holden
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley
  • 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"An astonishing and deeply moving work." (Booklist, Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

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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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- lana

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio