Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives

Guardian Angel House

by Kathy Clark

Based on the true story of two sisters sheltered from the Nazis by a group of Catholic nuns during World War II.

Mama had always told twelve-year-old Susan that there was no safe place for a Jew, especially in German-occupied Hungary in 1944. Susan is skeptical and afraid when she and her little sister, Vera, are sent to a convent to be kept "safe" from the Nazis. Susan and Vera find their lives transformed and soon discover the true nature of courage when they are sheltered by a group of nuns who risk their lives to protect them.

"Guardian Angel House" was the nickname given to a convent operated by the Sisters of Charity St. Vincent de Paul in Budapest that sheltered over 120 Jewish children in German-occupied Hungary during World War II. This book tells the story of author Kathy Clark's mother and aunt, who were sheltered there by the nuns.

Includes historical photographs and notes about the author's family and the Hungarian convent that became known as "Guardian Angel House."