My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Nonna Bannister
This is the story of Nonna Bannisters childhood in Russia during World War II. As an adult she transcribed her own diaries of being a privileged young Russian girl whose family survives the Russian Revolution, endures Stalin’s rule, Germany’s invasion and occupation of Russia and the Holocaust.
I think that many expect this book to be along the lines of the Diary of Anne Frank. But, Nonna is not Jewish so she was not persecuted because of her faith, but rather was placed into a German slave camp. She saw her family lose everything. She saw her father die at the hands of the German occupation.
I absolutely loved the book. I do admit that it was not a polished work, but reflected the writingw of a child. I find that to be refreshing. It is after all her own childhood diary. They were also written in several different languages.
Nonna married her husband in 1951 and had kept this secret of her past until she was in her 70’s and feared she would die soon. That is when she told her husband it was time for him to learn her past. She gave him her transcribed diaries to read.
I enjoyed this book very much and I gained a new perspective of how things were during the war.
I give this 4 out of 5 stars.