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A nine-year-old Jewish girl, helped by Irena Sendler and the Zegota organization, is smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto, given a new identity, and sent to live in the countryside for the duration of the World War II.

Holiday House
Nine-year-old Anna Bauman is one of the Jewish children who Jolanta (code name for the real-life World War II Resistance spy Irena Sendler) smuggles out of the Warsaw ghetto. Anna, given a new name and false papers, must keep her true identity secret, first at a Catholic orphanage and then with a foster family. Ironically, she discovers that the most difficult part isn't remembering her new identity, but trying not to forget the old one. Anna's story, suspenseful and deeply moving, sheds light on yet another aspect of the Holocaust: rescued children who lost not only their loved ones, but their very identities and Jewish heritage.

Publisher: Holiday House, Incorporated 2015
ISBN: 9780823433100


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JCLJackieS Jan 23, 2018

The Safest Lie follows Anna Bauman as she assumes a new identity in order to survive World War II. Though a work of fiction, the story is based on Irena Sendler's contribution to saving Jewish children from ghettos. Details of Anna's physical state, along with her feelings toward pretending to not be Jewish, as well as her realizations throughout the book, bring a perspective not often visited on the subject of World War II. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy the significance of the viewpoint presented in this juvenile novel.

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