Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors

Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors

by R. D. Rosen


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Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist R. D. Rosen tells the story of the hidden children who survived the Holocaust through the lives of three girls hidden in three different countriesamong the less than 10 percent of Jewish children in Europe to survive World War IIwho went on to lead remarkable lives in New York City.

Only one in ten Jewish children in Europe survived the Holocaust, many in hiding. In Such Good Girls, R. D. Rosen tells the story of these survivors through the true experiences of three girls.

Sophie Turner-Zaretsky, who spent the war years believing she was an anti-Semitic Catholic schoolgirl, eventually became an esteemed radiation oncologist. Flora Hogman, protected by a succession of Christians, emerged from the war a lonely, lost orphan, but became a psychologist who pioneered the study of hidden child survivors. Unlike Anne Frank, Carla Lessing made it through the war concealed with her family in the home of Dutch strangers before becoming a psychotherapist and key player in the creation of an international organization of hidden child survivors.

In braiding the stories of three women who defied death by learning to be “such good girls,” Rosen examines a silent and silenced generation—the last living cohort of Holocaust survivors. He provides rich, memorable portraits of a handful of hunted children who, as adults, were determined to deny Hitler any more victories, and he recreates the extraordinary event that lured so many hidden child survivors out of their grown-up “hiding places” and finally brought them together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062297112
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 226,248
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

R. D. Rosen has written or coauthored numerous books spanning different genres—from an Edgar Award-winning mystery novel to narrative nonfiction, including Psychobabble (a word he coined in 1975) and A Buffalo in the House. He has appeared as a humorist and satirist on PBS, HBO, and NPR's All Things Considered.

Table of Contents

Author's Note on Nonfiction xi

A Note on Names xiii

Introduction: Why Is This Seder Different from All Other Seders? xv

Part 1 The Children

Sophie 3

Flora 85

Carla 107

Part 2 The Gathering

Still Hiding 133

Sophie's Choices 151

My Name May Have Been Miriam 167

The Hierarchy of Suffering 173

Part 3 The Ghetto Inside

The Minefield of Memory 181

Am la Christian or a few? 197

The Next Circle of Hell 217

Keepers of the Flame 231

My Name Is Refugee 243

Bibliography 249

List of Documentaries and Feature Films 253

Acknowledgments 255

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Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it so incredible! These various routes to freedom and the sad tales that are mixed in the ultimate triumph over all these obstacles they each faced. I cried for most of it because it was a sad journey for them. But they didn't let Hitler win out in the end and it made them stronger and more determined to succeed! They turned out a success story and wanted to help other survivors heal. It was well worth reading! The details they could recall after all that time of being suppressed is remarkable. Very good details from a historical perspective. Beautifully put together read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man's inhumanity to man has impact on us all. Here we read not just about how some survived and how some did not but what it took to survive and how that affected their entire lives. Today's news shows how we have learned nothing from the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story of survival and dignity and confusion and so much more! After reading these women's stories, presented so well by the author, I felt I really understood what I grew up with, and that is Jewish survivors living among spared German scientists. It is like von Braun and von Stauffenburg, 2 aristocratic, brilliant men in WWll who faced Hitler with two very different choices of survival. These children were saved, but oh, what they had to live with to survive. I highly recommend this to read! Well done and well remembered!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book about 3 young Jewish girls who escaped the Holocost. One girl was taught by her mom to be a "Christian", and was even received into the Catholic Church. This was really confusing to her when she found out she was a Jew after the war. I learned that there were many "hidden children" of the Holocost and about the guilt it has caused them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These people were a surprise to me. One does not think of survivors as victims but they developed new personas and weer left to wonder who they really were. great read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book speaks to the resilience of the human spirit. The author relates the incredible stories of survival of the children hidden from the Nazis during World War II with empathy and understanding. It is heart wrenching as well as heart warming.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story about the atrocities that occurred during the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's important for the world to know about the Haulacost from the eyes of the Hidden Children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In depth accounts of forgotten victems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives meaning to the term survivor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the book was hard to stay engaged in, overall it was enjoyable. I personally enjoy more details when it comes to the survivor's stories, not so much their lives thereafter, I must praise the author in his approach for the novel. Worth the read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books like this should be required reading in our high schools!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wonder if this book is good because i'm thinking about the book.;)