Item description for Hidden Children: The Secret Survivors of the Holocaust by Jane Marks...
Overview Twenty-three adult survivors tell how they hid from the Nazis in sewers, closets, and convents in constant danger of being discovered, fabricated new identities, and dealt with the guilt of surviving when so many died. Reprint.
Publishers Description They hid wherever they could for as long as it took the Allies to win the war -- Jewish children, frightened, alone, often separated from their families. For months, even years, they faced the constant danger of discovery, fabricating new identities at a young age, sacrificing their childhoods to save their lives. These secret survivors have suppressed these painful memories for decades. Now, in The Hidden Children, twenty-three adult survivors share their moving wartime experiences -- some for the first time.
There is Rosa, who hid in an impoverished one-room farmhouse with three others, sleeping on a clay pallet behind a stove; Renee, who posed as a Catholic and was kept in a convent by nuns who knew her secret; and Richard, who lived in a closet with his family for thirteen months. Their personal stories of belief and determination give a voice, at last, to the forgotten. Inspiring and life-affirming, The Hidden Children is an unparalleled document of witness, discovery, and the miracle of human courage.
"These individuals' stories remind us that humans can survive the vilest adversity, and go on to live lives that are wholesome and good."
-- Detroit Free Press
"A stirring saga of courage...The Hidden Children prodigiously helps us to remember what we dare not forget."
-- Jewish Sentinel
"Powerful and gripping...In the literature of the Holocaust, Marks has added a remarkable contribution."
"Remarkable and moving."
-- Houston Chronicle
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Studio: Ballantine Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 11, 2003
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 0449906868 ISBN13 9780449906866
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Profoundly Moving Oct 29, 2007
Jane Marks has collected and compiled the survival stories of 23 childhood survivors who were hidden during the Holocaust. She has included an insightful preface by Hidden Child Abraham H Foxman, an historical perspective by another Hidden Child as well as a chapter devoted to The Psychology of Being a Hidden Child.
This work of non-fiction is a horrifying record of the atrocities committed by the Nazi's. Something that should never be forgotten.
The story of those who survived Oct 16, 2006
In Nazi-occupied Europe the pre-war Jewish child population came to about 1.6 million. During the war an estimated 1.5 million Jewish children where killed , leaving only 6 to 7 percent of them alive at the end of the war. Through 60 interviews with former child survivors, the author puts togehter a fascinating book that traces the story of a few of the Jewish children who survived the Holocaust , hiding in attics , convents , sewers and forests. In some cases they where helped by having fair hair and looking less 'obviously Jewish'. It provides a compassionate and inspiring account , always reminding us of the humanity and childhood of the hidden children. It also deals with the lives of hidden children , after the war , as it traces their adult lives , and the effects of having to hide their identity , living in fear , and often , seeing their loved ones murdered.
They where often faced with the imminent threat of discovery and saved by a series of miracles.
These accounts are important to preserve in an age where genocide continues in places like Darfur in the Sudan , and has taken place in Cambodia , Rwanda and Kurdistan. Today influential voices are calling for an end to the State of Israel (which was in many cases built by holocaust survivors), which would certainly lead to a second holocaust aginst the Jews living there. It is up to us to prevent a second holocaust from occuring, by fully supporting Israel in her struggle to survive and fighting anti-Israel prejudice.
inspiring read Mar 21, 2006
heartfelt and well written- it was great to have the interviews written and turned into short stories by a writer who wasn't directly involved in the holocaust. having jane marks writing it, she sees it from the perspective you and it do- from the outside. great book
Unforgettable Feb 8, 2006
This is an unforgettable book about the fate of many Jewish children who survived during World War II all over Europe. From a very young age they had to learn to hide the truth about their origin. Many among the very youngest could not hide with their families because the risk was too big (they could be noisy, cry or tell the truth). Many were placed in foster care, and the toddlers would grow up believing that their foster parents were their real parents. After the war many children in this category were traumatized when they were given back to their real parents.
One of the really interesting aspects of this book is that it follows the hidden children from pre-war era until the 1990s. In this way we are told also about the problems and benefits they 'harvested' after those hidden years.
I also found it very interesting to read the two last chapters: one puts the Hidden Child's experience into a historical perspective and one telling us about the psychology behind being a Hidden child. These two chapters are written by Nechama Tec, Ph.D. and Eva Fogelman, Ph.D.
This is an easy and very interesting book to read. It is well written and highly recommendable.
Stolen Childhood... Nov 11, 2001
This is a must-read, along with "Suddenly Jewish" by Barbara Kessel, and "The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot" by Trudy Alexy. Several years ago at Temple beth Israel, we heard true stories from others in our Community who had been raised as Gentile, only to hide, or remember, or discover, that they are actually Jewish; it will make you laugh, cry, and pray for those among us who suffered so much to glorify The Name. Please honor them by educating yourself and others in reading of these things.