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The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
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Apr 12, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: history, i-own, kindle-books, non-fiction, free-books, books-read-in-2011
Read from April 11 to 12, 2011 — I own a copy

This book is really quite sad, and in some places shocking, but it's one of those books that should be read because these events did happen and it's something we should know about. Going into this book, I expected it - from the title - to be somewhat similar to Anne Frank's harrowing story and the way that that was written. However, the circumstances surrounding Anne Frank's diary, and the fact that she was only able to account for the day to day events, make that account far more raw than this one.

For me, this was quite a powerful book. Written from Nonna's diaries kept during the war, it provides an account of events through a reflective eye. It's made me incredibly sad to read, and the refined nature of the text (if you were to compare it to something like Anne Frank's diary) has the same, if not a bigger impact, on the reader than if you were to take each days account one by one.

It's a powerful story by a survivor of WWII and the holocaust years, and I couldn't put the book down, as harrowing as the account was. It's really made me sit back and think about what the people went through during that time and how terrifying it must have been to have not known what was around the corner...
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