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My Mother's Secret

A novel based on a true story, a mother and daughter risk their lives to provide shelter to two families and aGerman 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 a Jewish family of two brothers and their wives in their pigsty out back, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son 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 there are,in fact,no profiles of courage and each individual's character is a personal choice. 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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ISBN : 9780399168543
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Number of Pages : 208 pages
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My Mother's Secret Reviews

  • Diane S ☔

    Although the writing is very simple and spare, the subject matter is anything but. It is not often that one reads a book about the holocaust and finds it life affirming, appalling too, but that is not the overall tone of the book.

    Taking her daughter and her son, leaving her husband, an avowed supporter of Hitler, Francisca returns to Poland from Germany. The Germans invasion of Poland touches their town of Sokal and soon Jewish policies are enforced and all are moved to the ghetto.

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  • Fabi

    Que livro fabuloso! Li de uma só vez! Com capítulos pequenos como eu gosto!

  • iamjenai

    My Mother's Secret tells the story of Franciszka Halamajowa and her daughter Helena. While Franciszka and Helena were real Holocaust heroines, most of the characters and events depicted in the story are fictional. During Hitler's invasion in Poland, Franciszka and Helena hid two Jewish families and a young German soldier all in their home for more than a year. Franciszka's son also helped the Jews during this difficult time but later met his death while transporting a wagon full of supplies to t ...more

  • Ahmadreza

    راز مادرم، روایتی متفاوت از روزهای است که انسانها راحتتر میمردند. جنگ، قاتل بیهمتای محبت، انسان ها را تغییر میدهد؛ چه دلهای بخشنده و مهربانیهایی که در جنگ، به تیرگی دود برخواسته از تانکها گراییدهاند. در این میان، انسانهای انگشت شماری بودهاند که باورها و انسانیت خود را به دیو جنگ نباختهاند. کتاب راز مادرم روابت یکی از این افراد است.

    کتاب چهار راوی دارد؛ هر یک از کودکی خود مختصر میگویند و به نقطه تلاقی میرسند. راوی اصلی داستان، هلنا است. داستان با روایتهایی از کودکی او آغاز میشود. از جو دوقطبی حاکم

  • Sarah Jessup

    A beautifully impacting novel that will leave you changed.

  • Stephanie


    Dang, this little book packs quite a punch!

    My Mother’s Secret is a Holocaust novel based on a true story. Franciszka is a Polish woman living in the small town of Sokal, Poland, with her teenage daughter, Helena. When Poland gets invaded by the Germans, the two women hide two Jewish families and a defecting German soldier in their tiny home, all without any of them knowing about each other. For more than a year, Franciszka must keep this secret and outsmart everyone to keep them all alive.


  • Carla

    A wonderful "true" story of a woman and her daughter who harboured Jewish families at their farmhouse during Poland's occupation from Nazi Germany. The lady, and her daughter were not fictional. The story however is somewhat fictionalized. You'd think from the reviews this book should be, or was the top book of 2013. It's a heartwarming story, has no unique aspect from literally thousands of stories along this topic in print, and is written by a woman, who writes like she is a young teen. Chapte ...more

  • Cheryl

    I have always had a fascination with reading stories about the Holocaust. The stories that these people have to tell about what they endured and how they survived is amazing. Of course it was not just the people hiding but people like Franciszka and Helena that were the true heroes. They risked everything to protect these people. As evident in this book and as a reminder that not all of the people affected were Jews. Some Germans as well sought protection. Everyone in this book were great and ha ...more