Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers & Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, & Hope

A Virtual Book Talk with Holocaust Survivors Drs. Mark Olsky & Hana Berger Moran –

Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain. Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband. With the rest of their families gassed, these young wives are determined to hold on to all they have left—their lives, and those of their unborn babies. Having concealed their condition from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, they are forced to work and almost starved to death, living in daily fear of their pregnancies being detected by the SS.

In April 1945, as the Allies close in, Priska gives birth. She and her baby, along with Anka, Rachel, and the remaining inmates, are sent to Mauthausen concentration camp on a hellish seventeen-day train journey. Rachel gives birth on the train, and Anka at the camp gates. All believe they will die, but then a miracle occurs. The gas chamber runs out of Zyklon-B, and as the Allied troops near, the SS flee. Against all odds, the three mothers and their newborns survive their treacherous journey to freedom. Learn more about these incredible stories in articles by Jim Stingl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mitch Teich and Audrey Nowakowski of WUWM.

Join us as two of the children, Drs. Hana Berger Moran and Wisconsin local Mark Olsky, share the incredible stories of their mothers’ unbelievable—yet ultimately successful—fight for survival. Interview and Q&A session will be conducted by Mr. Jerry Huffman, an Emmy-Award winning television journalist and Wisconsin native. Mr. Huffman worked in Milwaukee for close to a decade at WISN-TV as well as FOX6. His father, Paul, was a tank driver in the 4th Armored Division and helped liberate multiple camps in the closing days of the war.

This talk will take place on HERC’s Facebook Page. Remember, you can still view these virtual programs  even if you don’t subscribe to Facebook. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to watch with us live.

Registration is encouraged, but NOT REQUIRED to attend this free event. With registration you could win a free copy of the book “Born Survivors.”

Click here to purchase the book from Boswell Book Company. Curbside pick-up or delivery available.



Boswell Book Company

Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC)


Thu. September 10, 2020


 7:00 pm


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