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Don't Tell the Enemy

Marsha Skrypuch Forchuk's middle grade story tells of a Ukrainian family hiding Jews during the Holocaust.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Krystia's family is hiding Jews from invading Nazis, but the risks are immense. How much will she risk for her friends? A gripping story based on true events.

During the Soviet occupation of Ukraine during the Second World War, some of Krystia's family are harassed; others are arrested and killed. When the Nazis liberate the town, they are welcomed with open arms. Krystia's best friend Dolik isn`t so sure. His family is Jewish and there are rumours that the Nazis might be even more brutal than the Soviets.

Shortly after the Nazis arrive, they discover a mass grave of Soviet prisoners and blame the slaughter on the Jews. Soon, the Nazis establish ghettos and begin public executions of Jews.

Krystia can't bear to see her friends suffering and begins smuggling food into the ghetto. When rumours circulate that the ghetto will be evacuated and the Jews will be exterminated, Krystia must decide if she's willing to risk her own family's safety to save her friends. (From Scholastic Canada)

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