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

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

by R. D. Rosen

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Edgar Award–winning mystery novelist R. D. Rosen tells the story of the hidden children who survived the Holocaust through the lives of three girls hidden in three different countriesamong the less than 10 percent of Jewish children in Europe to survive World War IIwho went on to lead remarkable lives in New York City

Only one in ten Jewish children in Europe survived the Holocaust, many in hiding. In Such Good Girls, R. D. Rosen tells the story of these survivors through the true experiences of three girls.

Sophie Turner-Zaretsky, who spent the war years believing she was an anti-Semitic Catholic schoolgirl, eventually became an esteemed radiation oncologist. Flora Hogman, protected by a succession of Christians, emerged from the war a lonely, lost orphan, but became a psychologist who pioneered the study of hidden child survivors. Unlike Anne Frank, Carla Lessing made it through the war concealed with her family in the home of Dutch strangers before becoming a psychotherapist and key player in the creation of an international organization of hidden child survivors.

In braiding the stories of three women who defied death by learning to be “such good girls,” Rosen examines a silent and silenced generation—the last living cohort of Holocaust survivors. He provides rich, memorable portraits of a handful of hunted children who, as adults, were determined to deny Hitler any more victories, and he recreates the extraordinary event that lured so many hidden child survivors out of their grown-up “hiding places” and finally brought them together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062297129
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 195,124
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

R. D. Rosen has written or coauthored numerous books spanning different genres—from an Edgar Award-winning mystery novel 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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note on Nonfiction xi

A Note on Names xiii

Introduction: Why Is This Seder Different from All Other Seders? xv

Part 1 The Children

Sophie 3

Flora 85

Carla 107

Part 2 The Gathering

Still Hiding 133

Sophie's Choices 151

My Name May Have Been Miriam 167

The Hierarchy of Suffering 173

Part 3 The Ghetto Inside

The Minefield of Memory 181

Am la Christian or a few? 197

The Next Circle of Hell 217

Keepers of the Flame 231

My Name Is Refugee 243

Bibliography 249

List of Documentaries and Feature Films 253

Acknowledgments 255

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