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My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story - J.L. Witterick
My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story
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A novel based on a true story, a mother and daughter risk their lives to provide shelter to two families and a German soldier--all unbeknownst to each other--in a tiny two-room house in Sokal, Poland, during the Nazi invasion. Based on a true story, MY MOTHER'S SECRET is a profound,... show more
A novel based on a true story, a mother and daughter risk their lives to provide shelter to two families and a German soldier--all unbeknownst to each other--in a tiny two-room house in Sokal, Poland, during the Nazi invasion. Based on a true story, MY MOTHER'S SECRET is a profound, captivating, and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the clever and "righteous" mother and daughter who teamed up to save them. Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are unlikely heroines. They are simple people who mind their own business and don't stand out from the crowd. Until 1939, when crisis strikes. The Nazis have invaded Poland and they are starting to persecute the Jews. Providing shelter to a Jew has become a death sentence. And yet, Franciszka and Helena decide to do just that. In their tiny, two-bedroom home in Sokal, Poland, they cleverly hide one Jewish family of two brothers and their wives in their pigsty out back, another in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen floorboards, and a defecting German soldier in the attic--each group completely unbeknownst to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commanders standing guard right outside her yard. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives, MY MOTHER'S SECRET is a reminder that you don’t have to be extraordinary to make a difference. You can become extraordinary by making a difference. This book was inspired by the true story of Franciszka Halamajowa, who, with her daughter, saved the lives of fifteen Jews in Poland during the Second World War. She also hid a young German soldier in her attic at the same time. Before the war, there were six thousand Jews in Sokal, Poland. Only thirty survived the war and half of those did so because of Franciszka.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399168543 (0399168540)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Dem
Dem rated it
3.0 My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story
What an amazing story But this is a fictional account inspired by the courage of Franciszka Halamajowa and her daughter Helena. The characters in this novel are fictional but a lot of the events are true with the happenings at the time. Its an amazing story but unfortunately I found the writing ve...
Twirling Book Princess
Twirling Book Princess rated it
5.0
I read this book in Dutch, but since I loved it so much, I will write my review in English, so that all my friends might be able to read the review and read this wonderful, special book.This book isn't big, it is a short book with only around 200 pages, most of the chapters are only about 1 to 4 pag...
Twirling Book Princess
Twirling Book Princess rated it
5.0 Het geheim van mijn moeder
I read this book in Dutch, but since I loved it so much, I will write my review in English, so that all my friends might be able to read the review and read this wonderful, special book.This book isn't big, it is a short book with only around 200 pages, most of the chapters are only about 1 to 4 pag...
In Love of Books and Friendship
In Love of Books and Friendship rated it
5.0 My Mother's Secret
I was selected to review this book as LibraryThing.com EarlyReviewer. This beautifully profound story takes place in the tiny town of Sokal, Poland during World War iI. Based on the true story of mother and daughter, Franciszka and Helena Halamajowa and their courageous efforts. Franciszka is fir...
Denise
Denise rated it
3.0 My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story
This is a story based on the true story of Franciszka Halamajowa and her daughter Helena who hid Jewish families and a German soldier during WWII. If I could I would give 5 stars to them for their bravery.This story is a relatively short story. I managed to finish this really fast. For me, unlike mo...
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