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My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2013)

av J. L. Witterick (Författare)

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"A novel based on a true story [in which] 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"--Amazon.com.
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Titel:My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story
Författare:J. L. Witterick (Författare)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2013), Edition: 8.6.2013, 208 pages
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My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story av J. L. Witterick (2013)

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    Years of Horror, Glimpse of Hope: The Diary of a Family in Hiding av Moshe Maltz (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: The true story which "My Mother's Secret" is based on.
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Very good quick read. Read it in just a few hours one day. While it moved through the war very fast it was still a very enticing read. ( )
  er_malley | Jul 10, 2021 |
Based on a true story and very good. ( )
  myers3 | May 2, 2021 |
My Mother’s Secret by J. L. Witterick is a simplistic, fictionalized account of two real-life heroines of World War II. Franciszka and Helena Halamajowa rescued fifteen Jews from the horrors of the Holocaust and did so for no other reason than it was the right thing to do. To put it into perspective, in their little town in Poland, only thirty of six thousand Jews survived the war. The Halamajowa women saved half of the survivors on their own simply by hiding them in and around their very tiny homestead.

At only 208 pages, Ms. Witterick does not go into great detail about the events at the Halamajowa household, but what she does show gives us four different viewpoints of the war and living in occupied Poland. We get a partial understanding of the desperation required to ask for help in hiding from the Nazis, and we also get an idea that not all Nazis relished their roles in occupying countries and terminating the Jews. More importantly, we can glean an idea of the humanity it takes to hide not one but two families as well as a German deserter from the enemy.

Again, My Mother’s Secret is more a novella than a novel, so there is no depth, no insight into the characters or the story. Instead, we get a very simplistic view of the generosity of spirit and the creativity it took to protect those most at risk during the Nazi occupation. Coming off of four years of inflamed hatred and burgeoning fascism, My Mother’s Secret inspires as it provides proof that humanity can be better than what the news media reports. ( )
  jmchshannon | Jan 27, 2021 |
A very moving true story based on the life of Franciska and daughter Helene who hid Jews and a German soldier in their home and /or property. during WW II. I liked how this story unfolded with the different characters and how their lives were intertwined with one another. ( )
  travelgal | Aug 25, 2020 |
I was actually surprised to like this book, because I really didn't like the author's other book.
I found the writing a little stilted, but I think this would be a good book for a child learning about the holocaust. The language is simple and not graphic. I found myself wanting to find out what happens to every character in the end (except Helena...I seriously didn't care about her relationship at all). So I don't know that I would recommend this book to adults, because it's not all that nuanced, but I could see myself really liking this book if I read it for school as a kid! Plus, it's got short chapters, which I like.
The author does pat herself on the back quite a bit in her acknowledgements note though. There's only so many times you can say "I expected them to hate it, but they LOVED it!" before it just sounds like you're bragging. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
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Dedicated to Jim Hunter... the bravest man I know, and to those who risked their lives to save others, known as the Righteous among Nations.
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