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My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story Hardcover – September 5, 2013
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“The woman at the heart of this novel will haunt you after you read about her fearless compassion, her defiance of the odds of survival.”—Anna Porter, award-winning author of Kasztner’s Train --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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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I really looked forward to going back to this story as my busy days ended. Set in Nazi Germany, it does not dwell on the horrors but is from the point of view of non Jews in Poland. This gives more reality to the characters and story. I recommend this book to everyone.
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.