In 1939, Helga Weiss was a young Jewish schoolgirl in Prague. Along with some 45,000 Jews living in the city, Helga’s family endured the first wave of the Nazi invasion: her father was denied work; she was forbidden from attending regular school. As Helga witnessed the increasing Nazi brutality, she began documenting her experiences in a diary.In 1941, Helga and her parents were sent to the concentration camp of Terezín. There, Helga continued to write with astonishing insight about her daily life: the squalid living quarters, the cruel rationing of food, and the executions—as well as the moments of joy and hope that persisted in even the worst conditions.In 1944, Helga and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Before she left, Helga’s uncle, who worked in the Terezín records department, hid her diary and drawings in a brick wall. Miraculously, he was able to reclaim them for her after the war.Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezín and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived. Helga was one of them. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, the diary is presented here in its entirety. With an introduction by Francine Prose, a revealing interview between translator Neil Bermel and Helga, and the artwork Helga made during her time at Terezín, Helga's Diary stands as a vivid and utterly unique historical document.
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Reconstructed from a diary that was hidden in a brick wall and recovered after the war, chronicles the experiences of a young Jewish schoolgirl at the Terezâin and, briefly, Auschwitz concentration camps during the Holocaust.
In 1939, Helga Weiss was an eleven-year-old Jewish schoolgirl in Prague, enduring the first wave of the Nazi invasion. As Helga witnessed Nazi brutality toward her friends and neighbors—and eventually her own family—she began documenting her experiences in a diary. In 1941, Helga and her parents were sent to the concentration camp of Terezín, where she continued to write with astonishing insight about her daily life. Before she was sent to Auschwitz in 1944, Helga’s uncle, who worked in the Terezín records department, hid her diary and drawings in a brick wall. Miraculously, he was able to reclaim it for her after the war. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezín and deported to Auschwitz, Helga was one of only 100 survivors. Written in school exercise books and translated here for the first time, Helga’s Diary is a strikingly immediate and exceptional firsthand account of the Holocaust.
The remarkable diary of a young girl who survived the Holocaust—appearing in English for the first time.
Reconstructed from her original notebook diary that was hidden in a brick wall, documents the life of a young Jewish schoolgirl in Prague who survived the concentration camps of both Terezin and Auschwitz. 20,000 first printing.
a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp
Jewish children in the Holocaust
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