by Wendy Holden
Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers
and Their Extaordinary Story of
Courage, Defiance, and Hope
by Wendy Holden
This moving book tells the compelling true story of three women who hid their pregnancies, gave birth in a Nazi concentration camp, and survived along with their infants. Born Survivors has been published in 21 countries and translated into 16 languages.
Wendy Holden (1961- ) worked as a journalist for 18 years, including 10 years at the Daily Telegraph. She has written or co-written several books, including Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany and Tomorrow to Be Brave, the story of the only woman to serve officially in the French Foreign Legion. In 2013, she learned about the survival of Eva Clark, a baby born in a concentration camp. When Clark told her of the existence of two other babies—Hana Berger Moran and Mark Olsky—Holden knew their story would become the subject of her next book. Holden divides her time between England and the United States.
Tuesday, February 14
Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden
Adult Services manager Stacey Peterson facilitates this book discussion. Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.
Registration is not required.
Sunday, March 19
Through stories, music, and images, Karen Berk Barak shares personal stories of growing up in a home of Holocaust survivors. Her parents were among the "hidden children"—those saved in various ways by non-Jewish people. This uplifting, heart-warming program illustrates how Barak used her musical talent to transform a legacy of loss.
A classically trained pianist, Karen Berk Barak began performing on stage at age eight and composing at age 12. At 14, she won the Young Peoples Concerto Competition of Ohio and at age 16, studied in Israel at the Tel-Aviv Conservatory of Music. That year, she won the Golda Meir Competition of Israel.
After graduating college, Karen moved to Israel. She recorded a song called In Beirut, describing the first major suicide bombing that killed American servicemen stationed in Lebanon. It was an overnight sensation and she was catapulted onto the Israeli music scene. Even though censorship rendered artistic statements about politics taboo, the song achieved national recognition as the first song in English to make it to the Israeli top ten and was declared one of the most influential songs of the 1980s in Israel.
One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.