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Death penalty for all who give aid to a Jew.

Death to all who harbour a Jew.

Death to all who feed a Jew.

Death to all who provide transportation to a Jew.

One knock at the door could be the death of them all....

It is 1943 and 16-year-old Stefania Podgórska has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemsyl, Poland, for four years. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio - an engagement 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 and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door. Max Diamant 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. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that could destroy everything.

A powerful novel from a New York Times best-selling author, based on the remarkable true story of Stefania Podgórska, a Polish teenager who hid 13 Jews in her attic during World War Two.

©2020 Sharon Cameron (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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What an amazing Novel

A novel that really isn't a novel as such but the experience of a courageous Teenager and her little sister. I can only imagine all the emotions, pains physically and psychologically, terrors these girls and their 13 hidden Jews went through. Usually I listen to my books while I am crafting as a little entertainment at the side. I don't know how many times I stopped what I was doing and just sat all tensed up with fear that now was the moment it all gets discovered. I could carry on but I don't want to give to much away so others can get the chance to read this amazing story. I congratulate the author and thank her for publishing this story and the narrator for bringing it over so good that every emotion can be felt by the listener.....

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Amazing Narration

Beata Pozniak has done an amazing narration. It is fascinating that not only did she know personally the heroine of the book for over twenty years, but they grew up in the same country, and both immigrated to America for a better life. Pozniak also knew some of the surviving Jews that the heroine had saved. This is what we find out from the fantastic bonus at the end of the audiobook, where the author and the narrator come together to share personal stories about the heroine. It was so intimate and personal that it leaves you with goosebumps. Pozniak channels the energy and voice of Stefania. She creates an amazing atmosphere with her voice. She shares the authentic accent of the region and transfers you to the times of those unforgettable horrific events during the war. The audiobook, "The Light in Hidden Places,” will stay in my memory for a long time. It is very moving to listen to the spoken story of the fate of people during the war, about their dramatic choices and cruelty, so unimaginable that it is so hard to believe that this actually happened. Scary what people are capable of, but yet remarkable and inspiring what we can endure. The novel carries an optimistic message that next to bad and indifferent people, there are good, big-hearted people who help others despite the great danger and life threatening circumstances. I heard these kind of stories from my grandparents that were from Poland. The narrator’s voice, accent and pitch are so right on – sounds just like my family. The narrator’s voice is beyond perfect. I will listen to this again.