Monday, April 27, 2009
Book Review: The Secret HoloCaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
Everyone has a story to tell. Some stories spill out easily. Others lay buried under layers of fear, shame, and guilt deemed too ugly...too horrific to surface.
Everyone owns at least one hidden secret, whether it be a feeling, an act committed, or a tragedy suffered, there are parts in every soul known only to the bearer and to its Creator.
Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister hid scores of terrible secrets related of one of the most horrendous periods of unveiled history. Nonna Bannister survived the Holocaust and kept records of her sufferings locked in a trunk in her attic for half of a century. Not even her husband knew until a decade before her death in 2004.
The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister, is a poignant, yet tough read, about the experiences of a young Russian, Christian girl (she began her diary at the age of 9) and her family who were among millions of people imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps throughout Europe.
The book consists of a compilation of diary entries from Nonna, many of which were written on sheets of yellow legal pads. The entries are woven together with commentary, translations, and other facts by Denise George and Carolyn Tomlin. The book is published by Tyndale House Publishers.
Although this is a story nearly impossible to read without releasing tears and a range of emotions from anger to deep heartache, it is also a story of hope and redemption where beauty surfaced from the ash heap.