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The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  293 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
• Inspiring and fascinating tale of the strength of human spirit during one of humanity’s darkest hours; • Reminiscent of both The Diary of Anne Frank, A Woman in Berlin and Suite Francaise; • Beautifully packaged in an attractive hardback, gift format for the Christmas market and containing original photographs and maps; • A unique insight from one of the few survivors of ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by Oneworld Publications (first published January 1st 1991)
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Linda Lipko
Feb 28, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
The copy I obtained was published in 1945 and retrieved from storage from the dusty shelves of my local library.

Despite international acclaim, for many years efforts to re-publish the book never came to fruition, in 2007 it was finally re-printed.

This book was Mary Berg's attempt to open the eyes of America and the world to the brutality and barbaric horrific practices of the Nazi's upon Polish Jews.

Hers was the first accounting of the reality of the Warsaw Ghetto. She and her family were in the
Feb 03, 2012 Maja rated it it was amazing
It's easy to compare this book with the diary of Anne Frank - at least, that's the case before you read them both and find out how different they actually are. Sure they are both diaries written by young, jewish girls but that's as far as the similarities go. In my opinion Miriam saw far worse things than Anne did. And still Miriam was the one to survive. Her account of the life in the Warsaw Ghetto and the prison of Pawiak is far from bright. It is dark, horrorfilled and heart wretching. It's f ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Marissa rated it it was amazing
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Amazing! It's important to realize that this is not a novel, but the actual diary of a young girl. At first, I thought this would be pretty comparable to Ann Frank's diary, but it was completely different. Different circumstances, different country, different people. Mary was not in hiding, but living in the Warsaw ghetto. She gives a horrifying recollection of her time in the ghetto. At several parts in the book, I literally gasped out loud. I could not believe the unimaginable circumstances de ...more
Marisa Fernandes
Apr 02, 2016 Marisa Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já li vários livros sobre o Holocausto. Já li vários diários escritos por quem viveu o Holocausto, mas nenhum é igual ao outro. Há sempre algo de novo nos livros e este não é excepção!
Para começar, o país a que pertencem (isto é, onde nasceram e cresceram), as condições sócio-económicas da própria família, a educação e a faixa etária de quem escreve acabam por influenciar e distinguir os diários uns dos outros. De igual modo, o facto de se tratar de um homem ou de uma mulher acabará também por
Maria João
Como é possível... é a única coisa que consigo dizer depois de ler este livro. Para dizer a verdade não só demorei mais algum tempo do que estava à espera como tive de deixar o livro "assentar" antes de fazer um comentário.

Acho que por mais livros que leia acerca do assunto o Holocausto nunca deixará de me impressionar o que é bom, por um lado, mas por outro, minha nossa.

Acho que não vale a pena me estar a alongar na história que todos conhecemos tão bem, basta apenas dizer que temos que admirar
Jun 03, 2012 Rita marked it as to-read
WRB July 2008

First pubilshed in 1944 !

"A teenager's account of life in the Warsaw Ghetto 1940 to 1944"

One reader says:
Well written. Found it quite fascinating since she was originally from Lodz which is where my in-laws were from. They survived the Lodz getto, primarily because they were young and healthy and able to work. They suffered a great loss of their entire families and I felt compelled to read Mary Berg's account of the experience to pay homage to them. Mary was far better off than most
Karen Cremean
Jan 01, 2015 Karen Cremean rated it really liked it
Several things affected me: The chronicle of events as they were happening was heinous. I could NOT wrap myself around the day to day trauma and the residents' efforts to continue a normal life, a truly VALIANT effort to be normal and to continually embrace their faith. This book disappeared in the published sense, in favor of Anne Frank's "The Diary a Young Girl". Each showed the horrific side of the war, but this one...THIS one made you look at the ugliness, cruelty and hope of it all and weep ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Harriet rated it really liked it
Well written. Found it quite fascinating since she was originally from Lodz which is where my in-laws were from. They survived the Lodz getto, primarily because they were young and healthy and able to work. They suffered a great loss of their entire families and I felt compelled to read Mary Berg's account of the experience to pay homage to them. Mary was far better off than most, including my relatives but she does state that and felt guilty because of it though there was little more that she c ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is it - the diary that Anne Frank was not able to finish. A masterpiece by a young woman who made it out of the Warsaw Ghetto (owing to a loose familial connection to the US) but witnessed many of its horrors nonetheless and kept a diary to record them. The writing is stunning for a girl of this age. A true heart-breaker. Five stars.
May 19, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
A really extraordinary account of life in the Warsaw ghetto and then escape to America. Her survivor's guilt echoes in every word and it is difficult to read; and it seems she never found peace, but at least her words brought early attention to the plight at hand. I would definitely recommend giving this a read.
Jul 19, 2013 Judit rated it it was amazing
Not an easy book to read. But definitely a good one. It's a diary but very well written. Honest but not sentimental. Highly recommended.
Ruth Ann
Feb 17, 2017 Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up In the Warsaw Ghetto is a true accounting by Mariam Wattenberg. She was the first one to describe, in English, events about the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto, what everyday life was like as the horrors of living in the Ghetto increased, and the deportations to the death camp at Treblinka. (view spoiler) ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Reading this book was a strange experience for me. Having heard references to the Warsaw Ghetto horror all my life, I was curious to read this diary/memoir, though Mary's experience was hardly the norm. Anne Frank was also in an "abnormal" situation as she was in hiding and only had rumours and second-hand knowledge of what went on in the outside world. While Mary "was there", in a real sense she too was at a certain remove from the experiences of "normal" ghetto residents, given the fact that h ...more
Nelson Gomes

A história do gueto judeu de Varsóvia durante a 2ª Guerra Mundial é um acontecimento trágico e infelizmente pouco documentado.

Foi isto que me atraiu a comprar este diario de Mary Berg, que consegue descrever de forma bastante exacta todas as fases do gueto de Varsóvia e a vida diária dos seus habitantes. A brutalidade alemã que se vai intensificando progressivamente ao longo dos relatos deste livro, chega até ao ponto em que as pessoas pensam que se vale a pena lutar e morrer em vez de morrer se
Feb 19, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like WWII memoirs, history buffs
Not as compelling and engaging as other WWII memoirs I've read, but it has its interesting points nonetheless. It is interesting to get a young adult's inside perspective of the Warsaw Ghetto. Mary had a slight advantage (if one can say there is any advantage in such an awful situation) of having an American mother. That kept their family from some of the hassles that other families encountered. But, the fear and daily shortage of food, privacy, and other basic needs were still prevalent.

The ver
Vanessa Montês

Apesar dessa segurança, Mary também sentiu na pele a fome e o medo. A tristeza da perda e da morte. Tendo passado por tivermos guetos de judeus e até mesmo por campos de concentração Mary era uma das "afortunadas" que eram colocadas de lado por serem de família inglesa, mas nem por isso deixou de ver o que acontecera em primeira fila, sempre com receio que, por alguma razão, o visto da mãe fosse ignorado e fossem mortas e levadas para os piores campos de concentração que existiam.

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Maria Carmo
This incredible testimony of life in the Warsaw Ghetto and the survival through the fury and rage of the second world war is definitely worth reading, because it brings yet another point of view of life in the Ghetto, the life of a previously affluent family who sees itself slowly deprived of all it was used to, but whose papers (with an American nationality) in the end manages to keep alive.
An adventure told by a mature young girl who manages to tell all in the observers way, without too much s
Sep 26, 2014 Dolores rated it really liked it
In the last fifty years I have read many books about the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto. "The Diary of Mary Berg" brought back all the horrors of that tragedy. Mary Berg was just fifteen when her ordeal started, a sensitive and talented young girl from a well-to-do family in Lodz. Her mother, Lena, was a citizen of the United States, and that fact gave her whole family protection and privileges; they were spared the total disaster awaiting so many. Not long before the destruction of the Warsaw ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Berg survived the Warsaw Ghetto and so did her diary - a firsthand witness of what life during those years was like for her from age 15-19. It was interesting that I recently read The Pianist by Szpilman, and as Berg's path crosses his every now and then in the ghetto, she mentions him in her diary. Not as engaging as The Diary of Ann Frank, but Ann didn't have to face the horrors that Mary did while writing her diary. So it's less of a personal diary and more like a record of history in th ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Gena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sou apaixonada por tudo o que tenha a ver com a II Guerra Mundial, mas depois deste livro preciso de recuperar é preciso de um tempo sem nada sobre nazis, guetos, etc. Fiquei de tal maneira tocada pelas descrições macabras do que se passava que dei por mim a passar os meus dias de trabalho a pensar no quão sortuda sou apesar de achar que tenho uma vida chata, um mau trabalho etc. Duro, verdadeiro, realista.
Jan 06, 2010 Susie rated it liked it
It was really interesting but not as informative as I'd hoped. She had quite the cushioned life because her family was rich in the ghetto, and I didn't trust all her perspectives because she had family members in the Jewish Police when the average person said how corrupt they were. Still an interesting story.
Apr 22, 2013 Shawnee rated it it was amazing
Haunting, chilling, and startlingly realistic. I have read many books about the Holocaust, but none of them that mentioned in any depths, the ghettos. I wish there was a follow-up book so I could know how her life was after this book ended. What an amazingly strong woman she was, and those that experienced what they did... I can't even imagine.
Nov 20, 2012 lindsay rated it really liked it
You have to appreciate this book for what it is. Mary Bergs diary. So I had a lot of unanswered questions when I was finished.
That being said I liked the book and was really inspired by Mary and her diary/story.
Jan 26, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read book.It is a most amzing document of survival against incredible odds If you think that Anne Frank;s ook was remarkable, this one is even more so. The girl who wrote this survied the Warsaw ghetto. She wrote as she lived, what she lived.
Read it!
Dec 28, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it
a true story of a jewish girl's life in the ghetto before she was able to get to america. Written in diary form and the reader really gets a feel for the life that these people suffered in the ghettos.
Allan Ribeiro
Oct 15, 2014 Allan Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Livro maravilhoso que conta a história do Gueto de Varsóvia pelo ponto de vista de uma adolescente que viveu lá. História verídica.
Ilkka Sillanpää
Aug 08, 2011 Ilkka Sillanpää rated it it was amazing
Luin kirjan kahdessa päivässä. Mainio kirja, joka kertoo kaunistelematta, mitä kauheuksia juutalaiset joutuivat kokemaan Varsovan Ghettossa toisen maailmansodan aikana.
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