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Born Survivors

Born Survivors

作者 : Wendy Holden

出版社 : LITTLE BROWN BOOK GROUP

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定價 : NT 495

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◎ 一段違抗命運的沉痛真實故事,有如《納粹軍官的妻子》般歷歷在目的生存記錄、如《安妮日記》般令人心碎的內容。已於21個國家出版、翻譯成16種語言。
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終戰七十週年、三名在集中營出生並存活的「奇蹟嬰兒」,迎接七十歲生日。
三位勇敢的母親在集中營裡,隱藏懷孕的事實,違抗死亡的命運,給予孩子生命。

「即使故事發生於超過七十年前,其真實性以使人不禁打冷顫的方式記述,讓人感覺最近才發生一般……一段引人入勝、情感強烈與歷歷在目的描述,記載載三名孕婦在納粹手中,如何熬過惡劣的情況。」——《柯克斯書評》

1944年.東歐。

在上百萬被送往奧許維茲集中營的受難者中,Priska、Rachel與Anka擁有不可告人的秘密:她們都剛懷孕不久,孤身一人,內心恐懼,面對著充滿荊棘的未來與不確定的命運。納粹謀殺了她們的丈夫,但這些年輕女性不會讓邪惡的力量帶走肚子裡仍未出世的孩子,在內心默默下定決心,要謹守她們所剩下的一切:她們與肚裡嬰孩的生命。

三名嬰兒出生後,毒氣室裡用來撲殺猶太人的氰化物齊克隆B剛好用完,是讓三名母親和嬰兒得以存活、在戰後重建人生的奇蹟之一。她們的生存之旅無比艱辛:不管是在奧許維茲接受惡名昭彰的軍醫Josef Mengele的嚴密監控、在德國的勞改營中,強忍飢餓與幾乎工作至過勞死仍努力隱藏懷孕的事實、到盟軍包圍時,與上萬名囚犯忍受十七天有如地獄般的火車之旅,被載往奧地利的茅特豪森集中營。數百人在途中死亡,但她們在陌生人的好心相助下,存活了下來。

這三名年輕母親在集中營時未曾謀面,但六十五年後,三名「奇蹟嬰兒」首度在慶祝解放週年、極具象徵意義的茅特豪森相聚。這三名「天生的倖存者」為求生存而不顧一切的人生經驗,讓他們重聚,視對方為結拜兄弟姊妹。

擔任記者長達十八年的作者,在《Born Survivors》中,藉由史料與訪談等驚人且令人心碎的記述,記錄三名母親與新生兒如何奮鬥,從大屠殺中存活,積極讚頌即使在難以想像的殘酷時空背景下,人類仍有關心他人與愛人的能力,能帶來美好的結局。


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.

Sixty-five years later, the three 'miracle babies' met for the first time at Mauthausen for the anniversary of the liberation that ultimately saved them. United by their remarkable experiences of survival against all odds, they now consider each other "siblings of the heart." In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth 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.
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