My Mothers Secret A Novel Based On A True Holocaust Story

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My Mother S Secret

Author : J.L. Witterick
ISBN : 9780698151529
Genre : Fiction
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Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who save them all. 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—all under one roof—My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who chose to be extraordinary.
Category: Fiction

My Mother S Secret

Author : J. L. Witterick
ISBN : 9781475962895
Genre : History
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Franciszka and her daughter are unlikely heroines. They are simple people who don't stand out ... that is, until there is a crisis. In 1939, the Nazis come to Poland and start to persecute the Jews. These are unreasonable times when providing shelter to a Jew has become a death sentence. Despite this, both Franciszka and her daughter hide Jewish families and a German soldier in their small home. For all of them to survive, she will have to outsmart the German commander and her neighbors. When you look at a piece of steel, can you tell whether it is the ordinary kind used to make forks and knives or whether it is the superstrength type used to construct bridges and high-rises? The honest answer is no. You cannot tell until you apply extreme pressure. People are like that. This story is a reminder that there are no profiles for courage and character, and that who we become is always a personal choice. This is my first book, but it feels like something that has been waiting for me for a while. I just had to be still enough to hear it. As the words flowed and formed, shaping ideas in their dance, it felt divine. Writing was a process far more intimate than I could have predicted. To be authentic and honest, it is your own life that you draw upon and so, telling a story reveals the truths that reside in your own heart. I loved creating this story. To be able to say that anything is possible if we connect with each other through kindness, understanding, and courage -and to do it with reference to true events-well, that was exhilarating. If this story somehow manages to touch you, if it somehow manages to remind you of your own humanity, then I will be incredibly happy. Living with gratitude, J. L. Witterick [email protected]
Category: History

The Nuremberg Trials

Author : Laura La Bella
ISBN : 9781477776070
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The Holocaust is an atrocity of such overwhelming magnitude and depravity that it must never be forgotten yet can scarcely be comprehended. The sheer horror of it can often make it seem unreal to contemporary eyes. The primary-source images, firsthand accounts, meticulous timeline, and transcripts of speeches and testimony associated with the Nuremberg Trials and the Nazi crimes they prosecuted are found here, grounding the horror in undeniable, irrefutable reality. Taken together, they help ensure for a new generation that the Holocaust will never be forgotten, never be denied, and never be repeated.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

My Mother S Diamonds

Author : James Kirby
ISBN : IND:30000080867801
Genre : History
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In January 1997 a night-watchman found a large bin load of files marked for shredding and thuse the Swiss Banks most guarded secret was out. What followed was a remarkable story of survivors and descendents of the holocaust victims taking on the huge Swiss banking institutions to be allowed to claim back their own assets. My Mother's Diamonds is an incredible story which begins in Melbourne when a lawyer, Henry Burnstyner, took on a brief which was to prove to be a landmark case. He represented the Barusch family, who fled Poland, against the Swiss Banking Corporation in the first successful claim in the world. The book continues through until June 1998 with the discovery that a set of paintings in a New Zealand gallery were under claim from a Jewish family in Florence.It is a personal account of ordinary people trying to get justice from the rich and powerful banks, insurers and galleries and it exposes the alleged corruption, secret and opportunism on the part of the Swiss financial industry.This is a story that will appeal to a wide cross section of people interested in current affairs, world history, the Jewish community, true life espionage and basically anyone who wants to be absorbed by an incredibly gripping story.
Category: History

Ancestry Magazine

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Ancestry magazine focuses on genealogy for today’s family historian, with tips for using, advice from family history experts, and success stories from genealogists across the globe. Regular features include “Found!” by Megan Smolenyak, reader-submitted heritage recipes, Howard Wolinsky’s tech-driven “NextGen,” feature articles, a timeline, how-to tips for Family Tree Maker, and insider insight to new tools and records at Ancestry magazine is published 6 times yearly by Ancestry Inc., parent company of

Graven Images

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105061819012
Genre : Culture and law
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Category: Culture and law

Follow My Footprints

Author : Sylvia Barack Fishman
ISBN : UOM:49015001391649
Genre : Religion
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Twenty-one writers document the diverse representations and roles of Jewish women in American literature and culture.
Category: Religion

The Librarian Of Auschwitz

Author : Antonio Iturbe
ISBN : 9781473570627
Genre : Fiction
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For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice: this is the story of the smallest library in the world – and the most dangerous. 'It wasn’t an extensive library. In fact, it consisted of eight books and some of them were in poor condition. But they were books. In this incredibly dark place, they were a reminder of less sombre times, when words rang out more loudly than machine guns...’ Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the ‘living books’ - prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp. But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor... The Sunday Times bestseller for readers of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Choice. Based on the incredible and moving true story of Dita Kraus, holocaust survivor and secret librarian for the children's block in Auschwitz.
Category: Fiction

World Authors 1990 1995

Author : Clifford Thompson
ISBN : UOM:49015002917459
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers biographical sketches of 320 writers' lives and works, including novelists, playwrights, poets, historians, biographers, critics, and philosophers.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

War And Peace Through Women S Eyes

Author : Susanne Carter
ISBN : STANFORD:36105001724850
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is a bibliography and analysis of American women's literary interpretations of war and peace during the 20th century. Chapters cover World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, nuclear war, and fictional interpretations of war and peace. Annotated entries on novels and short fiction provide a full analysis of the work's representation of the effect of war on women. The work begins with an introductory discussion of women's fiction on war. The bibliography includes works by such well-known writers as Edith Wharton, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, and Bobbie Ann Mason, as well as many lesser known writers.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Jewish Values Finder

Author : Linda R. Silver
ISBN : UOM:39015073863808
Genre : Religion
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Moral qualities + good deeds + instruction = decent person. These are the ideas and the ideals that express the meaning of the term Jewish values. They are also the precepts embraced by most of the other world religions. This highly authoritative reference guide by Linda Silver - a specialist in Jewish children's literature - evaluates and analyzes nearly 1,000 carefully selected children's books that promote Jewish values.Each entry includes bibliographic information, age level recommendations, annotation, relevant value, and subject headings. School and public librarians, teachers, and parents concerned with character development will find this guide an essential resource.
Category: Religion

When Our Mothers Went To War

Author : Margaret Regis
ISBN : UOM:39015073627864
Genre : History
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A pictorial history of American women in World War II looks at their contributions at home and in battle zones as they played roles previously denied them by law and social custom.
Category: History


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105110598856
Genre : Jewish women
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Category: Jewish women

The Hidden Girl

Author : Lola Rein Kaufman
ISBN : 1606866109
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After deciding to donate the dress her mother had made for her to a museum, Lola Rein Kaufman, survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, decides that it's finally time to speak publicly about her experiences.

After Long Silence

Author : Helen Fremont
ISBN : 9780307804655
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“Fascinating . . . A tragic saga, but at the same time it often reads like a thriller filled with acts of extraordinary courage, descriptions of dangerous journeys and a series of secret identities.”—Chicago Tribune “To this day, I don't even know what my mother's real name is.” Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish—Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. In this powerful memoir, Helen Fremont delves into the secrets that held her family in a bond of silence for more than four decades, recounting with heartbreaking clarity a remarkable tale of survival, as vivid as fiction but with the resonance of truth. Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story: of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; about the steps we take, foolish or wise, to protect ourselves and our loved ones. No one who reads this book can be unmoved, or fail to understand the seductive, damaging power of secrets. Praise for After Long Silence “Poignant . . . affecting . . . part detective story, part literary memoir, part imagined past.”—The New York Times Book Review “Riveting . . . painfully authentic . . . a poignant memoir, a labor of love for the parents she never really knew.”—The Boston Globe “Mesmerizing . . . Fremont has accomplished something that seems close to impossible. She has made a fresh and worthy contribution to the vast literature of the Holocaust.”—The Washington Post Book World
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Inventing Jewish Ritual

Author : Vanessa L. Ochs
ISBN : 0827608349
Genre : Social Science
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Vanessa Ochs invites her readers to explore how Jewish practice can be more meaningful through renewing, reshaping, and even creating new rituals, such as naming ceremonies for welcoming baby girls, healing services, Miriam’s cup, mitzvah days, egalitarian wedding practices, and commitment ceremonies. We think of rituals—the patterned ways of doing things that have shared and often multiple meanings— as being steeped in tradition and therefore unalterable. But rituals have always been reinvented. When we perform ancient rituals in a particular place and time they are no longer quite the same rituals they once were. Each is a debut, an innovation: this Sabbath meal, this Passover seder, this wedding—firsts in their own unique ways. In the last 30 years there has been a surge of interest in reinventing ritual, in what is called minhag America. Ochs describes the range and diversity of interest in this Jewish American experience and examines how it reflects tradition as it revives Jewish culture and faith. And she shows us how to create our own ritual objects, sacred spaces, ceremonies, and liturgies that can be paths to greater personal connection with history and with holiness: baby-naming ceremonies for girls, divorce rituals, Shabbat practices, homemade haggadahs, ritual baths, healing services. Through these and more, we see that American Judaism is a dynamic cultural process very much open to change and a source of great personal and communal meaning. The ceramic “Tree of Life” spice container that appears on the cover of Inventing Jewish Ritual is by Susan Garson of Garson and Pakele Studios,
Category: Social Science

Eva And Eve

Author : Julie Metz
ISBN : 9781982128005
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Perfection returns with an unforgettable account of her late mother’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Austria and the parallels she sees in present-day America. To Julie Metz, her mother, Eve, was the quintessential New Yorker. Eve rarely spoke about her childhood and it was difficult to imagine her living anywhere else except Manhattan, where she could be found attending Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera or inspecting a round of French triple crème at Zabar’s. In truth, Eve had endured a harrowing childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna. After her mother passed, Julie discovered a keepsake book filled with farewell notes from friends and relatives addressed to a ten-year-old girl named Eva. This long-hidden memento was the first clue to the secret pain that Julie’s mother had carried as a refugee and immigrant, shining a light on a family that had to persevere at every turn to escape the antisemitism and xenophobia that threatened their survival. Interweaving personal memoir and family history, Eva and Eve vividly traces one woman’s search for her mother’s lost childhood while revealing the resilience of our forebears and the sacrifices that ordinary people are called to make during history’s darkest hours.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Letters To Sala

Author : Arlene Hutton
ISBN : 9780822227724
Genre : Drama
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THE STORY: Adapted from the book Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, LETTERS TO SALA is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz
Category: Drama


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ISBN : MINN:31951P00853184E
Genre : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)