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FEBRUARY 25, 2008
The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story by Peter Lane Taylor
This is a both caver's story of discovery and the true story behind several Jewish families who hid in caves for over a year while hiding from the Nazis during WWII. Cavers Chris Nicola and the author Peter Taylor return to Priest's Grotto in the Ukraine in 2003 where traces of human habitation were originally discovered in 1993 including old shoes, buttons, and a hand-made millstone. An internet search for the original occupants leads Taylor to Brighton Beach, New York where the first of 38 survivors is located. Many of the other family members are located in Montreal, Canada. After interviews with them, Taylor is able to write the story of their survival in caves without light, little food, and little support from anyone living outside. It is an amazing story considering it seems there can be few stories left to hear that haven't already been told. This is a short book with numerous photographs, side-bars and quotes from the survivors. Suitable for children and adults in grades 4 and up who are interested in the Holocaust and/or caving. Some sophisticated vocabulary is used that might be a challenge for readers.

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