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My Family Secret: The Holocaust

Jese Leos
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Published in Jules Verne
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The Untold Story of Survival Amidst the Horror

The Holocaust remains one of the darkest chapters in human history, a period that saw the systematic genocide of six million Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II. Among the millions of lives that were tragically lost, there are also countless stories of bravery, resilience, and survival. Within the depths of this tragedy lies the hidden saga of my family, whose secret survival during the Holocaust brings to light the triumph of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable horror.

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A Journey Through Time

The story starts in a small town in Eastern Europe, where my ancestors lived harmoniously with their non-Jewish neighbors for decades. However, the rapid rise of anti-Semitism fueled by Nazi ideology shattered this peaceful coexistence, thrusting our family into a dangerous world of persecution and fear.

My Family Secret: The Holocaust
by Jules Verne (Kindle Edition)

4.7 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 3487 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 203 pages
Lending : Enabled

As the clouds of war gathered, my great-grandparents took the courageous decision to send their children away, hoping to spare them from the impending doom. Through bribes, forged documents, and a network of sympathetic individuals, they managed to secure a safe passage for their beloved ones, embarking them on a perilous journey to foreign lands.

Struggles and Sacrifices

Separated from their parents and forced to adapt to unfamiliar environments, my ancestors faced numerous trials and tribulations. They had to abandon their identities, assume new names, and fend for themselves in a world hostile to their existence. Their journey took them through clandestine paths, hiding places, and precarious situations, all while the shadow of death loomed over them at every turn.

But despite the adversity they encountered, our family's bond remained unyielding. Through the clandestine exchange of letters and coded messages, they managed to stay connected and find solace in the knowledge that they were not alone in this battle for survival.

The Miraculous Reunion

As the war drew to a close, their liberation signaled a new chapter in their lives. Reunited after years of separation, the scars of their past deepened the strength of their unity. They emerged from the ashes of the Holocaust with a profound appreciation for life, cherishing each other and their shared heritage.

A Legacy of Remembrance and Hope

The story of my family's secret survival during the Holocaust serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable horrors. It stands as a reminder that even in society's darkest moments, acts of love, sacrifice, and bravery can shine through, bridging the gap between despair and hope.

Today, we honor the memory of those lost and the bravery of those who survived by preserving and sharing our family's story. It is a story that deserves to be heard, a story that highlights the importance of tolerance, compassion, and remembrance in our world today.


The Holocaust remains an indelible scar on humanity's history. My family's secret survival during this dark period serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that the strength of the human spirit can endure even amid unimaginable darkness. Through their struggles and sacrifices, they emerged as a testament to the power of love, unity, and resilience.

It is through sharing stories like ours that we can strive towards a future that is rooted in compassion and the unwavering belief in the shared humanity that unites us all. Let us honor the memory of the Holocaust by ensuring that such atrocities never occur again and by fostering a world that upholds the values of tolerance, acceptance, and love.

My Family Secret: The Holocaust
by Jules Verne (Kindle Edition)

4.7 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 3487 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 203 pages
Lending : Enabled

He must learn the truth.

When his grandfather tries to reclaim the family home in Poland, David must become a detective to learn how his relatives died during the Holocaust.聽

This award-winning young adult novel, written by a former teacher and聽son of Holocaust survivors, follows David's search for the truth to聽help聽children learn about this nightmarish historic event. It is a story of family and love that offers hope that we may all overcome hate.聽

My Family Secret: The Holocaust, is based on a true event. David's discoveries make great starters for discussions about bullying, family relationships, prejudice and hate.

Mark H. Newhouse is the multi-award-winning author of The Devil's Bookkeepers, honored with the Grand Prize Fiction Series and Hemingway Wartime Series awards in the CIBA competitions, as well as the award-winning Defenders of Monstrovia mysteries.

David's family secret聽will change his life, and yours, forever.

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