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Publisher Description

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

Young Adult
March 7
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Grades 5-9

Customer Reviews

Peggy Padelt ,


A very inspiring story about a family who never gave up. It was hard to put down. The strength and fortitude that this family put forth was beyond anything that I could imagine. The writing was well balanced and the lack of hatred towards people who harmed them is remarkable. Everyone should read this book to gain insight in how to overcome the worst thing imaginable.

SanDiegoUser ,

Required Reading

Thank you Michael for telling your story. I remember meeting an uncle that still had his numbers when I was a kid. To my recollection he was at Auschwitz as well. Anyway my point is these are stories that are vital to share with the world so that we can never forget.

This is an extremely well written book and a very special story. I really wish I could meet this amazing family one day.

Everyone should read this book especially with what is going on in the world today. If you can read this and not feel any differently about life after then you will need to read it again.

Once again thank you Michael you have done the world a great service with your bravery in telling your story.

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