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The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister Kindle Edition
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Although the subject matter of this book is heavy, I found it to be an easy read. Written more or less from the perspective of a young girl, the story is portrayed rather simply but with startling detail. Most of the accounts of the Holocaust I have read have been from the perspective of the Jews in Germany. Nonna's story is that of a girl from a wealthy Russian family with strong ties to pre-Communist Russia as her maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were both Cossacks in the Imperial Cossack Army. Her maternal grandmother, Feodosija Nikolayevna, is a woman of great spirit and strength. She maintains her strong faith in God throughout the persecution from the communist government and passes this faith along to Nonna. As Nonna experiences numerous hardships in Russia and Germany during WWII she holds on tightly to her faith. In Appendix A, Nonna's husband, Henry, attributes her lack of bitterness as a Holocaust survivor to her unfailing faith in God.Read more ›
Comments: Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister, a Russian girl, lived through the Holocaust caught when the Germans invaded her city. She kept diaries from her childhood through the war up until the time she arrived in America in 1950 to start a new life. She never told a soul, not ever her husband or children, what happened to her during those war years. Then one day about 10 years before she died in her eighties she told her husband it was time and she took him up to the attic and showed him all the letters, memorabilia, photos and diaries (which she had written in several languages). She also showed him that she had been spending her time over the years transcribing her diaries into English and was finished as she pulled out stacks of yellow legal sized writing pads for him to read. She wanted her story told to the rest of the family and perhaps published but not until her death. And now that she has passed ... here is her story.
Nonna was born and raised Russian Orthodox. She was a believer her entire life and became a Baptist later on in her new American life. She occasionally writes of her religion but no more so than anyone else's memoir might. However, the book is published by a Christian publisher, Tyndale, and does contain Christian content in the editorial comments.
Nonna goes right back to her childhood years and spends a great portion of the book describing life in Russia during the 1930s. Her father's main goal in life was to get them out of Russia to a better place but he was never able to obtain permission through any channels he tried.Read more ›
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