The horror of being Holocaust victims torn from their families was bad enough, but three women imprisoned at Auschwitz faced an additional challenge: the women, who had never met before, were pregnant. Drawn together by that common bond, they were determined to hide their pregnancies, and later their babies, from their Nazi captors. They vowed to do whatever it took to help their babies survive.
Ultimately, each gave birth. Two of the women had girls, the third a boy. Liberated by Allied Forces in April 1945, mothers and children all survived.
Margery Rose-Clapp is a freelance writer based in Scottsdale.