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Renia's Diary: A Young Girl's Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Hardback)
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Renia's Diary: A Young Girl's Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Hardback)

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Hardback 464 Pages / Published: 19/09/2019
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Shades of Anne Frank’s The Diary of A Young Girl haunt this intensely moving journal, recently rediscovered, from Second World War Poland. Invaluable, emotive testimony about the horrors of the Holocaust and the desperate, mass exodus of Polish Jews, Renia’s Diary is a harrowing, yet necessary and unforgettable book.

July 15, 1942, Wednesday Remember this day; remember it well. You will tell generations to come. Since 8 o'clock today we have been shut away in the ghetto. I live here now. The world is separated from me and I'm separated from the world.

Renia is a young girl who dreams of becoming a poet. But Renia is Jewish, she lives in Poland and the year is 1939. When Russia and Germany invade her country, Renia's world shatters.

Separated from her mother, her life takes on a new urgency as she flees Przemysl to escape night bombing raids, observes the disappearances of other Jewish families and, finally, witnesses the creation of the ghetto. But alongside the terror of war, there is also great beauty, as she begins to find her voice as a writer and falls in love for the first time.

She and the boy she falls in love with, Zygmunt, share their first kiss a few hours before the Nazis reach her hometown. And it is Zygmunt who writes the final, heartbreaking entry in Renia's diary.

Recently rediscovered after seventy years, Renia's Diary is already being described as a classic of Holocaust literature. Written with a clarity and skill that is reminiscent of Anne Frank, Renia's Diary also includes a prologue and epilogue by Renia's sister Elizabeth, as well as an introduction by Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Denial. It is an extraordinary testament to both the horrors of war, and to the life that can exist even in the darkest times.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9781529105049
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 588 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 41 mm

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This is an interesting look at the life of a young Polish Jewish girl before and during the Second World War. It’s very different to what I expected as it’s a touch more juvenile than I anticipated and more focus on... More

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