Renia's diary

ISBN:9781529105056

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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.

Format
Paperback
Categories
In The Media
Published
19/09/2019
ISBN
9781529105056
Publisher
EBURY PRESS
Weight
466kg

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"At a moment when basic agreement over simple truths has become a political battleground and history a weapon, the publication of the book, Renia's Diary , offers a reminder of the power of bearing witness" New York Times "Astonishing... A new invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature" Smithsonian Magazine "It is as though the murderous machine of Hitler's vision and the barbarity being brought upon her people couldn't silence the integrity of her voice... Renia emerges as a poet of real lyricism and emotional heft, which makes her demise all the more tragic" Irish Independent "Recall[s] moments of intense happiness in the gathering gloom" Times "A work which shows us that the worst atrocities of the twentieth century did not happen overnight, they happened slowly and painfully against the backdrop of the lives and loves of ordinary people" Andrew McMillan, author of physical and playtime

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