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Survivors Club : The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780374305710
  • ISBN-10: 0374305714
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 352
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - Holocaust
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - Military & Wars

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

After Bornstein discovered an image of himself as a child and other young Auschwitz survivors being used as Holocaust-denying propaganda, he resolved to research his history and share his memories. Assisted by his daughter Debbie, a news producer, he learned that out of 3,400 Jews living in Zarki, Poland, before the Holocaust, fewer than 30 survived, almost all from his family. Enhanced by meticulous archival research, Bornsteins story unfolds in novelistic form, beginning with the arrival of Nazi soldiers in Zarki in 1939. Through the retelling of harrowing eyewitness stories, the authors recount the increasing degradation, deprivation, and terror of Zarkis Jewish citizens, and the courageous attempts of Bornsteins father to save many neighbors from death. Bornsteins familys fight for survival included his aunt and uncle leaving their three-year-old daughter at a Catholic orphanage while hiding in a neighbors attic; in Auschwitz, Bornsteins mother hid him in her barracks. The story of a silver kiddush cup, which Bornsteins father buried and his mother recovered after the war, bookends this moving memoir, an important witness to the capacity for human evil and resilience. Ages 1014. Agent: Irene Goodman, Irene Goodman Literary. (Mar.)

 
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