For decades, Russian-born Bannister hid her holocaust diaries in her Tennessee home---until sharing them with her husband, Henry, before her death. Published for the first time, her journals reveal the trauma the 14-year-old suffered when the Nazis murdered her parents---and lessons she learned about forgiveness amid the brutality of a concentration camp. 300 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister - eBook
I'm so thankful that Nonna kept a diary and shared her story as painful as that must have been. The book was well written and easy to read though terribly hard to fathom how human beings can mistreat others in this way. It amazes me that people can carry on and move forward in these situations. Nonna and her mother were very strong individuals and I think everyone needs to hear their story.
February 21, 2014
Sobering, well-written book
I cannot say I "enjoyed" reading this book as it covers such a horrific time in our history. However, the writing was good, the story well and honestly told, and the leading character an endearing young girl. Nona managed to weave beautiful childhood memories in amongst the dreadful conditions and treatment they were forced to endure during the Holocaust. Her husband must have been a very special man as he respected his wife's privacy and trusted she would tell him what she kept in the attic when she was ready! I was strongly impacted by the true commitment and faithfulness he showed Nona throughout their lives together. I love my husband more than anyone, but I know I could never wait until he was ready to tell me. The Lord's still working on my patience!
This book is definitely worth reading.
May 17, 2013
Gripping reality that also happens to be uplifting
Should be compulsory reading or listening for every high school student.
December 15, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So amazing what these people went through. You can not imagine it at all. Reading the book in a short time is easy but the time they suffered was much longer and you have to think about that as well
May 11, 2012