Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This audiobook includes a preface read by both authors, with an afterword read by Michael Bornstein. A bonus conversation with the authors, archival recordings, and a PDF of photos are also included.
In 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother's arms. Survivors Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father's courageous wit, a mother's fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved his life and how others in his family from Zarki, Poland, dodged death at the hands of the Nazis time and again with incredible deftness.
Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Michael relates his inspirational Holocaust survival story with the help of his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. Shocking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, this narrative nonfiction offers an indelible depiction of what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the German invasion in 1939.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 32 minutes|
|Author||Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat|
|Narrator||Fred Berman, Michael Bornstein - preface and afterword, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat - preface|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 07, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #68,552 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#12 in Military & War History for Children
#19 in Teen & Young Adult Holocaust History
#61 in Teen & Young Adult Military History
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Michael did not tell his story for most of his life for four major reasons. First it was traumatic to talk about. Second, people didn’t want to hear about it at first. Third, and most importantly, he saw his photo on a Denier page with the statement that it didn’t happen because there were no children in Auschwitz. Michael was in a film the Soviet’s made of the children leaving the camp. First, he was in the middle with his Grandmother carrying him and then he is in the forefront of another picture of the children holding their arms up to see the numbers. Fourth, he knew his story would be used as a basis for history and he didn’t want to get anything wrong. Since he was so young, he was afraid he would mix things up.
Michael was born May 2, 1940 in the Warsaw Ghetto. Poland had been under Nazi rule since September 1, 1939. Michael had one older brother, Samuel. From stories, Samuel was elated to have a little brother. After his Mother would put Michael down to sleep, Samuel would get him up and make him play school with him. Of course, Michael was still a baby at that time and had no idea what was going on. All Michael has for knowledge of his older brother and his Father are the stories his cousins, Aunts and Uncles, and his Mother told. As far as he knows, no pictures remain of Samuel although he does have one of his Father. Both were gassed in Auschwitz. Michael, his parents, Samuel and his Grandmother were sent to Auschwitz. Later, Michael’s Mother was sent to another camp leaving Michael with his Grandmother. On January 17, 1945, Michael got very sick and his Grandmother took him to the infirmary. Luckily for him, the Nazis were getting ready to leave and only a German doctor with some humanity was there. He gave Michael and his Grandmother beds to sleep in and told them there would be an evacuation but they would be safe here. About ten days later, they were liberated.
The book gives a different view of Auschwitz-Birkenau than other books have. What is interesting is they, like almost all other survivors do not differentiate between Auschwitz I and Birkenau. The book is written in such language that students in junior high could read it and understand what is going on.
Looking at the photos of the Bornsteins now, one has to wonder how such an experience increases your devotion to your family.
The Holocaust, over time, will be forgotten, unless we all do our part. Human nature won't let such horrors in. It is too much to believe. The Allies knew that immediately, which is why so much effort was taken to bear witness. In some cases, the Allies forced Germans to bear witness to what their nation did. Others will want to dismiss or ignore actively for their own twisted and political reasons. This is the threat. This not only did happen but has happened since. And this is not a Jewish story. This is a story of man's ability to sink to terrible depths and torture, harm, and kill his/her fellow man. And it's a story of courage, perseverance and joy, which serves as a great example to us all. "This too shall pass."
Top reviews from other countries
This was a hard book to read, the first chapter immediately shocks and I really had to question if I could continue reading such an all too real and horrific account of Jewish tragedy from WW2.
I did continue and wiped away many tears whilst reading, the subject matter would always be a harrowing read to anyone with a heart BUT amongst the horror their is a greater story of luck, charity and survival of which everyone should be made aware!
I'll definitely be sharing this book with my friends encouraging them all to read it!
100% recommend this book enough!