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My Mother's Secret: Based on a True Holocaust Story
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Putnam Pub Group
Publication date September 5, 2013
Pages 195
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780399168543
ISBN-10 0399168540
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $19.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
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from Putnam Pub Group (September 5, 2013)
9780399168543 | details & prices | 195 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $19.95
About: 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.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Berkley Pub Group (September 2, 2014)
9780425274811 | details & prices | 195 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $14.00
from Iuniverse Inc (March 25, 2013)
9781475962574 | details & prices | 180 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.56 lbs | List price $8.95

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