Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp (Paperback)

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By Helga Weiss, Francine Prose (Introduction by), Neil Bermel (Translator)
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Syd's Staff Pick (April 2014): Helga’s Diary is poignant account of the events leading up to and during the Holocaust, told in Helga’s perspective as a Jewish child living in those times. Helga was able to keep a diary while in the concentration camp Terezin – one of the nicer camps, where the residents attempted to maintain some amount of normalcy – and her uncle kept it hidden for her. She was later transferred to Auschwitz and from then on was not able to keep a diary due to the horrible conditions and treatment she endured. After the war was over, she was able to find her diary and has since gone back to add events from after Terezin and things she remembered. This is a beautiful diary written very simplistically and yet it is riveting at the same time. The only con: I found the translator’s notes to be distracting and mostly unnecessary. Regardless, it is well worth the read!

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In 1939, Helga Weiss was a young Jewish schoolgirl in Prague. As she endured the first waves of the Nazi invasion, she began to document her experiences in a diary. During her internment at the concentration camp of Terezin, Helga's uncle hid her diary in a brick wall. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezin and deported to Auschwitz, there were only one hundred survivors. Helga was one of them. Miraculously, she was able to recover her diary from its hiding place after the war. These pages reveal Helga's powerful story through her own words and illustrations. Includes a special interview with Helga by translator Neil Bermel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393348248
ISBN-10: 0393348245
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 10th, 2014
Pages: 248
Language: English