Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance & Hope
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, UK

19:30 to 21:00 Wed Feb 12th

Topics : Education, History

Among the millions of people sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Anka, Priska, and Rachel pass through the concentration camp’s infamous gates with a secret.

Separated from their husbands, they are newly pregnant. With so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these three young women are privately determined to hold onto all they have left – their lives and those of their unborn babies.

Born Survivors, the international bestseller researched and written by Wendy Holden, follows the mothers’ incredible journey from their homes in Europe to Auschwitz, where they come under the eagle-eyed scrutiny of Dr Josef Mengele, and then to a slave labour camp where they are half-starved and virtually worked to death. Struggling to hide their condition, they are finally sent on a hellish train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp.

Baby Eva weighed under 3lbs when she was born at the gates of the camp. Her mother Anka weighed around five stone. Now aged 73, Eva and Wendy tell how Anka and the other two women brought home their babies and managed to rebuild their lives after World War II against all the odds.

Signed copies of Born Survivors will be available on the night.

Led by author Wendy Holden with survivor Eva Clarke.

One of our events supporting the Anne Frank + You exhibition at the Cathedral.

Price: £10 (£6 students)

Entry is via the Welcome Centre.

No parking is available at the Cathedral. If you require a space for access reasons, please email us in advance.

For group bookings of more than 10 people, please email us or call 01727 890205.