This is the published journal of Helne Berr who was a Jewish girl in France during WWII. In the begining she is an ordinary young woman with ordinary problems wondering which young man to choose. As time goes on and times become increasingly horrifying under the Nazi regime you see her world through her eyes. The horrors and tragedies are heartbreaking. Its unreal the evil that man can inflict upon man. Helene is heroic in her efforts to save orphaned children, children that have been made orphaned because their parents have been arrested and deported. She refuses to give up the fight and and save herself leaving other, especially the children, to fend for themselves or others to do the work. This is a book that all should read. Its as important to history as The Diary of Anne Frank.