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Survivors Club

Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

For a very long time, I didn’t talk about what happened to me during the war…

In 1945, in a now-famous piece of archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. Here is 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 dodged death at the hands of the Nazis time and again.

Working from his own recollections as well as interviews with relatives and survivors, Michael relates his shocking, heartbreaking and ultimately inspirational story. Survivors Club is an extraordinary memoir of one of the youngest prisoners liberated from Auschwitz—and of the mystery and miracle of his family’s survival.

About the Authors
Michael Bornstein

After the war, Michael Bornstein emigrated to New York City, where he worked in pharmaceutical research for over forty years. Now retired, Michael visits schools, talking about his experiences in the Holocaust.

Debbie Bornstein Holinstat is Michael Bornstein’s third of four children. A producer for NBC and MSNBC News, she lives in New Jersey.

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3 April 2017
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Praise for Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
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‘A boy. A war. The miracle of survival. In this intimate history of brutality and suffering, the Bornsteins, father and daughter, share the pain of loss, the gift of faith and, above all, the heartbreaking legacy of luck. No-one should have to read this book. Everyone should read this book. Excruciating, enlightening, unforgettable.’

‘Enhanced by meticulous archival research, Bernstein’s story unfolds in novelistic form…A moving memoir, an important witness to the capacity for human evil and resilience.’

’Sprinkled with Yiddish and appended by an informative afterword, captioned photos, and brief glossary, the first-person narrative is a tenderly wrought tribute to family, to hope, and to the miracles both can bring. A powerful memoir for the middle-grade set.’

’The chronicle of Bornstein’s first 11 years parallels the experiences of many other surviving victims of the Final Solution. In today’s world, it remains more important than ever to remember these survivors.’

‘Bornstein’s account is an excellent addition to the middle school collections.’

‘A compelling eye-witness story about the horrific consequences of racism and anti-Semitism. But also a tale of courage and resilience, of inspiring acts of kindness, of hope and renewal.’

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  • Survivors Club
    ISBN: 9781925410389
    3 April 2017
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