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Hidden from the Holocaust: Stories of Resilient Children Who Survived and Thrived

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Reviewed by Dr. Gideon Greif

Hidden from the Holocaust: Stories of Resilient Children Who Survived and Thrived

Kerry Bluglass
Westport, 2003
271 pages

Psychiatrist Kerry Bluglass presents fifteen interviews with survivors who, as children during the Holocaust, were hidden by non-Jews and thus rescued from an almost certain death. Today, all are stable, healthy, intelligent, and share a surprising sense of humor. Together, these survivors show a profound ability to recover and thrive, as well as an unexpected resilience. At the book's core are several remarkable narratives told by survivors in their own words. These accounts stand as a reminder of what it means to suffer as a child and what courage is required to recapture a meaningful life after such severe trauma. Their stories offer grounds for research that may help traumatized children recover more easily.