- Tapa dura: 208 páginas
- Editor: Putnam; Edición: New. (29 de enero de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0399168540
- ISBN-13: 978-0399168543
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My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story (Inglés) Tapa dura – 29 ene 2014
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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, 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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JL Witterick grew up in Canada, experiencing the multi-cultural environment which influenced her thinking about how different people can live in harmony. She has always been interested in Holocaust stories, finding the courage of many during this period to be touching and inspirational. She loves to write and wanted her debut novel to be meaningful. The warm response that she has received from readers is like a dream come true. "My Mother's Secret" is a bestseller in Canada and has been published in several countries around the world. Witterick has donated 100 percent of the advance from the book to various charities. These include providing books for children from impoverished communities, funding for medical research, and financial support for animal shelters. She loves all animals and considers her dog and cat to be part of her family. Witterick hopes that by writing this story and donating the proceeds from the advance, she will have honored those known as The Righteous Among the Nations.
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Franciszka, although known as a friendly and nice woman living in Sokal, Poland, frequently invites a German commander to her home for dinner, and they have interesting conversations and the best meals that she can prepare, given the situation. Little does the German commander know that Franciszka and Helena are harboring and hiding Jews in their attic and in addition to those people, they are hiding a German soldier who was desperate to avoid his next orders. Her plan of keeping her enemy close while hiding the very people he hated was extremely clever.
Before the war there were 6000 Jews in Sokal, and after the war there were 30 left, and Franciszka was responsible for saving half of them. In the book, she doesn't hide as many as 15, but the ones she does hide are in such cramped quarters that it is hard to bear. This is such a heartwarming story that you cheer all the way through the book for Franciszka and her hidden friends, but at the same time know that at any minute something could happen when the German commander is there to give her secret away. Besides her daughter, Helena, Franciszka has a son who is fighting in the war. J.L. Witterick wrote this as a Young Adult book in hopes that children born after the Second World War would learn about the war and the Holocaust and the good things that people like Franszika did. The book is divided into individual sections which are then divided into chapters, and each section is narrated by a character.
I loved the book and it is very suitable for adults to read, too. It's a wonderful teaching aid and both a heartwarming and at times a heartbreaking story to take in. I highly recommend it.
"When we have much to lose, but still choose to do the right thing, we uncover the nobility that is within all of us. To endure what is unbearable and to do it with grace, that is how we know that we have arrived." J.L. Witterick.
The author implements the style of short, uncomplicated pages hosting an abundance of profound passages. Witterick elaborates on the depth of both human kindness and evil in desperate conditions. ‘My Mother’s Secret”, is his first novel.
Franciszka Halamajowa and her daughter, Helena, are honored in Israel as the Righteous Among Gentiles. The book offers a short synopsis of Franciszka Halamajowa, and a photograph of the plaque which honors both her and her daughter. Poignant and lucid, Witterick’s novel stands among the best of Holocaust works.