"Mother Maria is a saint of our day and for our day; a woman of flesh and blood possessed by the love of God, who stood face to face with the problems of this century."  +Metropolitan Anthony Bloom">
Children's Book: Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue, by Jim Forest

Children's Book: Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue, by Jim Forest

Children's Book: Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue, by Jim Forest

Children's Book: Silent as a Stone: Mother Maria of Paris and the Trash Can Rescue, by Jim Forest
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Silent as a Stone memorializes the life of Mother Maria Skobtsova, an unconventional nun who aided the persecuted Jewish people in occupied France during WWII.

Confronting the horror of Nazi brutality, Mother Maria devised an ingenious plan to save Jewish children destined for extermination camps: Paris garbage collectors, upon her urging, hid the children in trash cans and whisked them to safe havens outside the city.

Mother Maria, for her selfless rescue activities, perished in a gas chamber in Ravensbrock camp in Germany in 1945. Today, she is among the "righteous gentiles" honored in Israel and a canonized saint in the Orthodox Christian Church.


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