Goodreads: Nonna Bannister carried a secret almost to her Tennessee grave: the diaries she had kept as a young girl experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust. This book reveals that story. Nonna's childhood writings, revisited in her late adulthood, tell the remarkable story of how a Russian girl from a family that had known wealth and privilege, then exposed to the German labor camps, learned the value of human life and importance of forgiveness. This story of loss, of love, and of forgiveness is one you will not forget.
Stasy: I came across this book in the grocery store and because it was a book about WWII and the Holocaust, I added it to my cart without reading about it, assuming it would be much like The Diary of Anne Frank, but by a Jewish girl who survived.
I made a mistake that many do about the Holocaust. Not all the victims were Jewish. Nonna was a Russian Christian. A lot of the reviews harp on that fact as though it makes her less of a victim. Her family was destroyed by the Nazis and she barely survived her time in the camps.
This book is awkwardly put together, but that fault lies with the editors and not the author. Her memories and original pieces included in this book are so well written and heartbreaking.