Survivors Club

Survivors Club

The True Story of A Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

Book - 2017
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A New York Times bestseller

"Both moving and memorable, combining the emotional resolve of a memoir with the rhythm of a novel." -- New York Times Book Review

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.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, c2017
ISBN: 9780374305710
Branch Call Number: 921 BOR
Characteristics: xviii, 348 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Holinstat, Debbie Bornstein


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Jul 06, 2020

Simply memorable. I read the book in 6th grade for the first time.

cfitzer1 Feb 02, 2020

recommended by AARP magazine

Feb 03, 2018

a very very good book

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

Did you know that the youngest survivor of Auschwitz was just 4 years old? I didn't until I read Survivor's Club by Michael Bornstein. This book is packed full of facts about the Holocaust and Auschwitz. Even though I knew the ending somewhat b/c this is a nonfiction book about Michael, I found that I couldn't put it down b/c I had to know what happens to his whole family. I highly recommend this book.

Jul 26, 2017

WOW , remarkable and one of the best ever written on the Holocaust . Saw Michael Bornstein on TV and knew I just had to read this book . Well done , not dark and morbid , but truthful and incredible . Very much recommend this book.

ArapahoeKati Apr 03, 2017

Blown away by this remarkable true story. I heard the author speak on a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed in History Class", checked this book out, and then I read it in a single afternoon. You'll want to set down the book to absorb lines like this: "It takes about sixty minutes to adjust and to accept that everything has been stolen from you, even your name."

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