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.




19 comments:

Angie said...

Oh my, that sounds like an inspiring read. Thanks for sharing.

Lois Lane II said...

Oh, wow! Thanks for sharing! I need to pick this up!

Billy Coffey said...

That sounds like a compelling book. And also a necessary one.

Heart2Heart said...

I will definitely be adding that one to my library.

I have a lot of Russian Christian friends and will also mention it to them as well.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Mrs. Sidney said...

Interesting.. I just wrote something for school about Shindler's list and when I did some research on the little girl in the red coat I found out the charector was based on a real girl who escaped and came to America... she has since written a book about her expereince.

This too sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for sharing!!

lisasmith said...

Just wondering about biography must reads...hmmmmm...maybe God is spurring me to read.

I love what you say about everyone possessing a secret. Whether locked in a trunk in the attic or tucked deep inside our hearts, letting God heal our secrets and bring beauty from them worth sharing is the best!

Ms. Wanda said...

Interesting, thanks for sharing. Last year my 4th grader learned about Anne Frank and reading about her life bought him to tears. It was very hard for me to explain the evils of that time.

Tracy said...

ALWAYS looking for a good book - thanks for the review.
blessings,

Liz said...

I really enjoy reading anything that has to do with the holocaust. I can't begin to understand how people can be so cruel to another human being. Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely read it!

Tara said...

I will have to get this as well. I love Corrie ten Boom's books - amazing. I look forward to this one. Thank you!

Kimberly said...

Thanks for sharing about this book. I had not heard of it before. I really need to start keeping a list of must reads.

Blessings, sweet Angela!

Leslie said...

This sounds good! I love learning about anything that has to do with WWII, even something so tragic. Thank you for this!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I remember the impact "The Diary of Anne Frank" made on me as a girl. This looks like a must read...

Xandra

Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

Sounds like a book that I need to read.

Beck said...

That sounds like a very powerful book. I'm glad you wrote about it!

elizabeth embracing life said...

You are right we all have a story, and to read the stories of others often helps and heals in the process of unraveling our own stories. Thanks for this book, I must pick it up.

Carol said...

Looks like a great book. Hope you are doing well since your surgery. :)

sara said...

I need to add this to my read list! thanks for sharing it with us!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I bought this and read it in a day. I couldn't put it down...

Xandra

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