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Rosen (A Buffalo in the House) begins this heartbreaking tale by describing how he became acquainted with Sophie Turner-Zaretzky, a retired radiologist and one of thousands of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust by disguising their Jewish identities. Her story led Rosen to two other women, Flora Hogman and Carla Lessing, whose harrowing accounts also make for a dramatic telling. Later, Rosen moves beyond their individual histories toward the wider experience of Hidden Child Survivors, and how their psychological scars often prevented them from confronting their past and telling their stories. In the 1980s, the Hidden Child Survivors started sponsoring international conferences, which often acted as therapy sessions for the now aging population. This allowed the experiences of these formerly hidden children to become widely discussed and available to historians through such institutions as the Visual Shoah Foundation and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. VERDICT Rosen, who is primarily a novelist and poet, tells the story of these women and the varied community of survivors with sensitivity and genuine affection. General readers will enjoy the book, while a scholarly audience will not find anything startling new.—Frederic Krome, Univ. of Cincinnati Clermont Coll.