My Mother's Secret - J.L. Witterick

My Mother's Secret

By J.L. Witterick

  • Release Date: 2013-09-05
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 79 Ratings


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.


  • My Mother’s Secret

    By cagrgran
    What a wonderful little book! I experienced so many emotions reading it. I highly recommend it!
  • My Mother’s Secret

    By TAG567
    This was a wonderful book! I read it in one sitting. If we could all be like Helena’s mom and be willing to always help others for no reason than it’s the right thing to do, what a wonderful world we would live in! Thank goodness there are truly good people out there that are like Helena’s mom. This story was very inspirational. Thank you for writing it and sharing it with me.
  • Precious story

    By Primadonna2
    I read in one day and really liked the intertwining stories of the courageous characters in the book. The horrors that they experienced during the war were terrible, and yet they sustained themselves with love and hope.