Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Guest Author: J.L. Witterick

‘My Mother’s Secret: Based on a True Holocaust Story’

Heroic Acts to Safeguard Jews During WWII Revealed in ‘My Mother’s Secret’

My Mother’s Secret is set in 1939 after the Nazis invaded Poland and started the persecution of the Jewish population. It is based on the true Holocaust story of Franciszka Halamajowa and her daughter Helena, who risked their lives by hiding Jewish individuals and families, as well as a German soldier, all acts punishable by death. With courage and cleverness they outsmart the Nazis and their collaborating neighbors.

My Mother’s Secret is a powerfully written story with a strong message about finding good in the midst of the most unbelievable evil. It will continue to resonate with readers, young and old, for many years to come. The book has been chosen to be used as curriculum in studies by Middle East exchange students and was awarded Rising Star stature by iUniverse.

“My Mother’s Secret is heroism defined. It is just so much more cherishable because it is a story based on fact.  We are indebted to J.L. Witterick for sharing this book with us,” says 
Grady Harp 
Top 50 Amazon Reviewer

“In My Mother’s Secret, a new level of heroism is revealed … heroism where no ‘wow’ or admiration was given.  True heroism is when no one sees or knows!  A truly inspiring and breathtaking book.”
Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky

“J.L. Witterick paints a vivid picture of the world of Franciszka Halamajowa, a heroine in Nazi-occupied Poland who, with her daughter Helena, harbored Jews despite the mortal danger. A moving and captivating portrait of that terrible period.” 
R. Gissin, Consul General, Toronto and Western Canada
Consulate General of Israel

All proceeds of the book sold at Indigo/Chapters, the largest book chain in Canada, will go to the Love of Reading Foundation, which buys books for poor communities.  And, each month for the next year, proceeds of books sold through other channels will be going to a different charity.  

My Mother’s Secret (ISBN 9781475962581, 2013, iUniverse 196 pages, $8.95 paperback, $18.95 hardcover, available on Amazon. Visit the author’s website for more information: http://www.mymotherssecret.com)

About the Author
J.L. Witterick always wanted to write a book that would make a difference. She found inspiration to do so based on a true story of courage that occurred during the Holocaust. A child of poor immigrants, she learned empathy, compassion and kindness first hand and wrote it into this story. Now an accomplished investment professional, she has decided to donate proceeds of the book sold at Indigo/Chapters to the Love of Reading Foundation, which buys books for children who cannot afford them. She remembers buying used books from the Salvation Army for 5 and 10 cents when she was a child. J.L. Witterick lives in Canada.


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