The Light in Hidden Places
This Polish teenager and her kid sister hid 13 Jews up in her attic during World War II, with Nazi soldiers living in the house below. Based on a true story!
The extraordinary story of Stefania Podgórska, a Polish teenager who chose bravery and humanity by hiding thirteen Jews in her attic during WWII, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron―now a Reese's Book Club YA Pick!
in 1943, 16-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family for four years in their grocery store in Przemsyl, Poland. She's been singing her way into their lives and has even promised her heart to one of their sons, Izio, a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.
But everything changes when the German army invades Przemsyl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, while Stefania is alone in an occupied city?and the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door: Izio?s brother, Max, has jumped from the train headed to a death camp.
Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max and eventually 12 more Jews. Every day they wait for the next knock at the door; the one that will mean death. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers who requisition Stefania's house for the German army.
With two Nazis below, 13 hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.