Hidden Children: The Secret Survivors of the Holocaust

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They hid wherever they could for as long as it took the Allies to win the war -- Jewish children, frightened, alone, often separated from their families. For months, even years, they faced the constant danger of discovery, fabricating new identities at a young age, sacrificing their childhoods to save their lives. These secret survivors have suppressed these painful memories for decades. Now, in The Hidden Children, twenty-three adult survivors share their moving wartime ...
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Overview

They hid wherever they could for as long as it took the Allies to win the war -- Jewish children, frightened, alone, often separated from their families. For months, even years, they faced the constant danger of discovery, fabricating new identities at a young age, sacrificing their childhoods to save their lives. These secret survivors have suppressed these painful memories for decades. Now, in The Hidden Children, twenty-three adult survivors share their moving wartime experiences -- some for the first time.

There is Rosa, who hid in an impoverished one-room farmhouse with three others, sleeping on a clay pallet behind a stove; Renee, who posed as a Catholic and was kept in a convent by nuns who knew her secret; and Richard, who lived in a closet with his family for thirteen months. Their personal stories of belief and determination give a voice, at last, to the forgotten. Inspiring and life-affirming, The Hidden Children is an unparalleled document of witness, discovery, and the miracle of human courage.

In riveting first-person accounts, twenty-three adult survivors share the memories many had long supressed--how they lived in constant danger of discovery, fabricated new identities, and risked life, health and sanity to escape Nazi torture. Here, too, is how they grew, battled the guilt of surviving, and found the spirit to love and to heal.

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"These individuals' stories remind us that humans can survive the vilest adversity, and go on to live lives that are wholesome and good."

-- Detroit Free Press

"A stirring saga of courage...The Hidden Children prodigiously helps us to remember what we dare not forget."

-- Jewish Sentinel

"Powerful and gripping...In the literature of the Holocaust, Marks has added a remarkable contribution."

-- Booklist

"Remarkable and moving."

-- Houston Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449906866
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 307
  • Sales rank: 1,426,359
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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