Such Good Girls LP: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors

Overview

Sophie survived the Holocaust without even knowing she was Jewish, while her terrified, widowed mother worked for the Nazis in Poland as a "Christian" bookkeeper.

Flora, orphaned by Final Solution, was shuttled through southern France, from convents to one Christian family after another, unsure of who she really was.

Carla hid with her family in the apartment of a Dutch barber, while, on the floor below, the ...

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Overview

Sophie survived the Holocaust without even knowing she was Jewish, while her terrified, widowed mother worked for the Nazis in Poland as a "Christian" bookkeeper.

Flora, orphaned by Final Solution, was shuttled through southern France, from convents to one Christian family after another, unsure of who she really was.

Carla hid with her family in the apartment of a Dutch barber, while, on the floor below, the man who hid them would cut Nazi soldiers' hair.

Sophie Turner-Zaretsky, Flora Hogman, and Carla Lessing (and her husband, Ed) survived not only the Holocaust—among the mere 10 percent of European Jewish children who did—but their own survival. Each of them ended up in New York, where they slowly emerged from the traumas of their childhoods, devoted their careers to helping others, and played important roles in the groundbreaking 1991 event that, for the first time, brought together hidden child survivors around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
“R.D. Rosen proves a deft chronicler of the uncertainty, upheaval and turmoil experienced by his subjects…Most powerful of all, he makes us see how the Holocaust’s hidden children succeeded against the odds not just once, by surviving, but twice, through the resonant new lives they subsequently forged.”
Daniel Orkent
R.D. Rosen has performed an essential service to both memory and understanding. The three women at the heart of Such Good Girls have lived remarkable lives, and Rosen has limned them with both empathy and grace.
Thane Rosenbaum
“In the always harrowing and inspiring literature of Survival, R.D. Rosen’s Such Good Girls makes a poignant and well-told contribution...The ‘good girls’ of this riveting tale pulled off the improbable, which he conveys with talent, warmth, and great humanity.”
Myriam Abramowicz
“The first book that delves into the lesser-known aspect of children in hiding and the aftermath of the war years. Richly anecdotal, it reveals what it was like to become someone else-for a while-and then back again to whom one was meant to be.”
Betsy Carter
“R.D. Rosen has written about Jewish girls hidden in plain sight during the holocaust with such compassion and precision that his beautifully crafted words give a new voice to an unspeakable time. Such Good Girls is a story you will not forget.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062344182
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 627,967
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

R. D. Rosen has written or co-authored numerous books spanning different genres—from Edgar Award-winning mystery novels to bestselling humor books to narrative nonfiction, including Psychobabble (a word he coined in 1975) and A Buffalo in the House. He has appeared as a humorist and satirist on PBS, HBO, and NPR's All Things Considered.

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