The Nazis murdered their husbands however focus camp prisoners Priska, Rachel, and Anka could now not permit evil take their unborn kids too—a exceptional actual tale in an effort to enchantment to readers of The Lost and The Nazi Officer’s Spouse, Born Survivors celebrates 3 moms who defied demise to provide their kids existence.
Eastern Europe, 1944: 3 ladies consider they’re pregnant, however are torn from their husbands sooner than they are able to make sure that. Rachel is shipped to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband go back and forth there in combination, however are straight away separated. Additionally at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in useless to be reunited along with her husband. With the remainder of their households gassed, those younger other halves are made up our minds to carry directly to all they’ve left—their lives, and the ones in their unborn small children. Having hid their situation from notorious Nazi physician Josef Mengele, they’re pressured to paintings and nearly starved to demise, dwelling in day by day concern in their pregnancies being detected through the SS.
In April 1945, because the Allies shut in, Priska offers beginning. She and her child, at the side of Anka, Rachel, and the rest inmates, are despatched to Mauthausen focus camp on a hellish seventeen-day teach adventure. Rachel offers beginning on the teach, and Anka on the camp gates. All consider they’ll die, however then a miracle happens. The gasoline chamber runs out of Zyklon-B, and because the Allied troops close to, the SS flee. Towards all odds, the 3 moms and their newborns live on their treacherous adventure to freedom.
On the 70th anniversary of Mauthausen’s liberation from the Nazis through American squaddies, popular biographer Wendy Holden recounts this odd tale of 3 kids united through their moms’ improbable—but in the long run a hit—battle for survival.