The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister, Denise George, and Carolyn Tomlin is free today from the Amazon Kindle store (previously free for a brief period of time in April 2011), and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 146 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/hCa4DK into your computer’s web browser.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
How this story came to be written is a big part of the drama. The only World War II survivor of her wealthy Russian, devout Christian family, Nonna Lisowskaya came to the U.S. in 1950, married Henry Bannister, and never spoke about her Holocaust experience––until a few years before her death in 2004, when she revealed her diaries, originally written in six languages on paper scraps that she had kept in a pillow strapped to her body throughout the war. Now those diaries, in her English translation, tell her story of fleeing Stalinist Russia, not knowing what was waiting in Hitler’s Germany, where she saw her mother murdered in the camps, escaped a massacre of Jews shot into a pit, was nursed by Catholic nuns, and much more. The editors’ commentary in different type constantly interrupts the memoir, but the notes are helpful in explaining history and context. The added-on heavy messages celebrating Nonna’s Christian forgiveness seem intrusive and unnecessary, no matter how heartfelt.
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