• My Mother's Secret

  • Based on a True Holocaust Story
  • By: J. L. Witterick
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (369 ratings)

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My Mother's Secret

By: J. L. Witterick
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
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Publisher's Summary

Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, are simple, ordinary people until 1939, when the Nazis invade their homeland. Providing shelter to Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is a death sentence, but Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny home in Sokal, they hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a makeshift cellar under the kitchen, and a defecting German soldier in the attic - each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander. Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives, My Mother's Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.

©2013 J. L. Witterick (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A reflection of our own era, a reminder of how far wrong we can be led...an important book." (Joseph Kertes, author of Gratitude)

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WONDERFUL!!!

I am new to audible and I have been trying to find out exactly what my taste in books are and it seems to me that they are non-fiction biographies and memoirs. Well I came across this one book and I just loved it , not only the story but the narrator telling the story was wonderful I actually had return books because the narrator was so sickening to listen to so this to me was a thumbs up of the type of book in a horrible situation....

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amazing

if you like WWII books, you will love this one. The story holds your attention and you can see the story unfold in your mind as it is read to you.

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I missed the characters so much … that

I read / listened to the novel immediately after finishing it the first time. What brave people … what an amazing story. Then I turned around and ordered the book for a retired librarian friend. She’ll love it too … I know!

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inspiring story of courage, love, and sacrifice- w

story of inspiring love, courage, sacrifice, commitment, and honor. True courage comes from sincere love

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loved this book

Love and respected the unselfish people who risk their lives to safe other. if only more people were as caring and respected as this woman in this boom

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Loved it!!

I really Liked how the characters intertwined in each chapter. the storyline was fascinating very educational, informative and lifelike. The author brought the stories to life, showing the perseverance in people who did what was right during a wrongful situation. would make an excellent movie!!

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My mothers secret is a short but, powerful story!

The 2 hour book/ novella captured my attention & I would recommend to everyone! It’s a book I will be thinking about for some time!

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Doing the right thing

Courage is doing the right thing even when it's hard. To all those who helped and believed even when it was hard and did the right thing.

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Excellent Book.

I read so many books that could gave been shorter, but this one ended waaay too soon. Very well written and narrated. Loved it.

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Small book but big story

With this book being so short I wasn’t expecting such a great story with so much information. I would have loved to have gotten more in depth on the characters in the book but it was still long enough for me to feel invested in people and families portrayed in the story.