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The Safest Lie

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The Safest Lie

Anna’s grandmother always told her, “The safest lie is the truth.” But, when her life is in danger, she knows she can’t tell the truth. So, she has to go with another kind of “safest lie” --- the one that will keep her alive.

THE SAFEST LIE is a moving story and one very much worth reading.

Anna Bauman is Jewish and lives with her parents in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. This is a very dangerous time for the Jews, as many have already been taken away to the Nazi concentration camps. Knowing their time is short, Anna’s parents make arrangements with the Resistance to have Anna smuggled out of Warsaw and out of danger. In order to do that, Anna must pretend she is now Anna Karwolska, a Roman Catholic. Anna goes to live in a Catholic orphanage and later with a foster family.

In this fast-paced and interesting book, THE SAFEST LIE by Angela Cerrito, I found myself turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. Although this story is fictional, it sheds some light on another side of the awful tragedies Jewish families had to endure from the Nazis. The main character, Anna, has to do her best to pretend to be someone she’s not, just like the many children who were taken from their families and forced to pretend they were someone else in order to save their own lives. Also, the woman who helps her escape --- Jolanta --- is based on the real-life resistance spy Irena Sendler (whose code name was Jolanta).

THE SAFEST LIE is a moving story and one very much worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this aspect of WWII.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on October 7, 2015

The Safest Lie
by Angela Cerrito

  • Publication Date: December 18, 2018
  • Genres: Adventure, Friendship
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • ISBN-10: 082344046X
  • ISBN-13: 9780823440467