The Secret Holocaust Diaries – Nonna Bannister

14 Feb

Started – 5/2/12
Finished – 12/2/12
Format– Kindle e-book

Synopsis – Nonna Bannister carried a secret almost to her Tennessee grave: the diaries she kept as a young girl experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust while learning compassion and love for her fellow human beings. Nonna’s writings tell the remarkable tale of how a Russian girl, born into a family that had known wealth and privileges, was exposed to the concentration camps and learned the value of human life and the importance of forgiveness.

My Thoughts – I saw this book in a list of kindle freebies and i had to download it. This book is a real life diary of a womans experience during the holocaust in world war two. What makes this different is that this book is set in and around Russia. I’ve not read a holocaust story from that part of the world before.

This book tells her story from a young girl, all the way through the war and her life afterwards. What is also interesting is her parents and grandparents life are also told in this book. For me, this was an interesting insight into the life and culture of people in Russia during this time.

This book is seriously harrowing. What i found the most upsetting is that[spoiler]she was the only member of her family to survive the second world war. She had a massive family and everybody was killed apart from her. For me, this is so so so sad.[/spoiler]


At times, this book is difficult to read, not the language, but the sheer subject matter, this was the most harrowing book i have read in a long time, and what made it worse was it is a true story. I just cant help but think how hard times were during that time for everybody and nobody that suffered should ever be forgotton.


This is a book that maybe everyone should read, it is one that is difficult to read at times, but one that i think will stay with you forever.


Rating – 4/5


One Response to “The Secret Holocaust Diaries – Nonna Bannister”

  1. Caroline February 17, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    I noticed this book on kindle freebies. Good review!

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