FramSoc Spring Programme

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Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

FramSoc is delighted to announce their new programme for Spring 2017.


Their next event is as follows:

Tues 28th Feb: Born Survivors – author Wendy Holden tells us the remarkable tale of three women who gave birth inside the concentration camps, and we meet Eva Clarke, one of the surviving babies.

FramSoc is highly privileged to have Wendy Holden and Eva Clarke join us to talk on behalf of the Holocaust Educational Trust. Their presentation will focus on Wendy’s latest book, Born Survivors. Wendy Holden was a respected journalist for eighteen years, ten for the Daily Telegraph covering news stories and wars around the world, including Northern Ireland, Eastern Europe and the Middle East including Iraq. She is the author of more than thirty non-fiction titles, many of which have become international bestsellers. Her latest book, Born Survivors, tells the story of three young mothers who hid their pregnancies from the Nazis and gave birth in unspeakable conditions in the concentration and slave labour camp system. It is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, published in 22 countries and translated into 16 languages, a finalist in the Goodreads 2015 Book of the Year, the Elle Grand Prix be Lectrices in France, and was nominated for the US National Jewish Book Award.

Eva Clarke is one of those babies. She was born at the gates of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Austria on 29th April 1945. Her mother, Anka, had somehow survived an epic seven month journey that sent her to Auschwitz and Dr Josef Mengele. When Eva was born she weighed under 3lbs and her mother five stone. They were the only survivors of their family, fifteen members of whom were killed including three of Eva’s grandparents, her uncles, aunts, a seven year old cousin and her father. After the war, Eva and her mother returned to Prague, where Anka married Eva’s stepfather. They later emigrated to the UK and settled in Cardiff. Eva married an academic lawyer, has two sons and now lives in Cambridge. In retirement she devotes her time speaking of her late mother’s experiences in association with Wendy and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

See here for the full programme or check the website for details.

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