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The Light in Hidden Places
by Sharon Cameron

Published: 2020-03-03
Hardcover : 400 pages
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The Light in Hidden Places is based on the extraordinary true story of Stefania Podgo?rska, a teenage girl who made the brave choice to hide 13 Jewish people in her attic while taking care of her six-year-old sister.

It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been ...

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The Light in Hidden Places is based on the extraordinary true story of Stefania Podgo?rska, a teenage girl who made the brave choice to hide 13 Jewish people in her attic while taking care of her six-year-old sister.

It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamants, a Jewish family in Przemsyl, Poland. 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 Helena, her six-year-old sister. One day, Max Diamant knocks on her door—he’s jumped from a train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jewish people. Then Nazi officers requisition their house for the German army. With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jewish people above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania will risk everything to keep herself, and those she loves, safe.

This harrowing, heartbreaking story of one of history’s hidden heroes is meticulously researched by New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron. While researching The Light in Hidden Places, she cultivated a close relationship with Stefania’s family and met Stefania personally before she passed away.

Ed Burzminski, Stefania’s son, says, “Sharon Cameron's exciting novel weaves together the lightheartedness, sheer terror, and incredible inner strength of this young woman, my mom. This book exceeds all my expectations.”

Stefania’s story, her legacy, and her bravery will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the book.

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Discuss Stefania’s moments of bravery throughout the book. Which part of the book did you feel was her most courageous moment?

Discuss the actions that Stefania took that distinguished her from so many of her neighbors and compatriots.

What connected Max and Stefania together? What are some key moments that defined their relationship?

Sharon Cameron cultivated a personal relationship with Stefania’s family while writing this book and conducted extensive research. What were the moments that impacted you the most? Did your perspective shift after reading the historical back matter?

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