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The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

34 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

An upclose look at the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of one who experienced it. Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister was sixteen years old when the war ended. She grew from childhood to adolecence in the horrors of the Holocaust.

I could not put the book down. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. To see the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child is a life changing experience. I could amost see the events, hear the sounds of war and torture, smell the scents of the horri...
I could not put the book down. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. To see the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child is a life changing experience. I could amost see the events, hear the sounds of war and torture, smell the scents of the horrible events so vividly described by Nonna, and feel the emotions she so dramatically captured in her diaries. Nonna's story is one of tragic losses, horrible pain and unbleivable trials. Yet, it also a story of the courage of an individual's character, of faith in God and the sacrifical love for friends and family. It is also a story about forgiveness and hope.

I am grateful that Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister chose to remove her Holocaust diaries from the confines of their secret hiding place and share them with her husband, family and the world. I don't think I will be same after reading Nonna's story. I beleive all who read The Secret Holocaust Diaries will agree that Nonna's story had a life-changing impact on them.

posted by shepherdboy on December 6, 2008

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11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Left me wanting more...

A raw first-person narrative about a Russian/Polish girl surviving the tumultuous WWII era in Europe. Nonna is a very natural story-teller who paints vivid tableaus of both joyous family life and horrific war crimes. My 2 major complaints are, 1) the book was overly edi...
A raw first-person narrative about a Russian/Polish girl surviving the tumultuous WWII era in Europe. Nonna is a very natural story-teller who paints vivid tableaus of both joyous family life and horrific war crimes. My 2 major complaints are, 1) the book was overly edited with a horribly restructured timeline, 2) too many redundant/unnecessary explanations in the "editor's notes." This book is in dire need of better editing! I also wish that more was told about her journey to America and how she rebuilt her life after the war. But otherwise it is a truly moving story with sincere emotions that at times can be sickening or beautifully touching. Recommended (especially since it's free).

posted by Napua on May 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Not fleshed out enough. Wanted More

    Where were all the pictures that were mentioned? That would have given more depth and impact to these memories.
    Interesting to see how so many suffered at the hands of the Germans and Russians during WWII

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Actually this wasn't particularly good or interesting

    This was kind of a poorly written story about "NONNA" (from her perspective as a child)...of how her life changed during the Holocaust war in Europe (I think her family was in some part of Russia).....the story was okay...not particularly well written, or cohesive....I thought from the sample it would be better than this...I wouldn't waster your money if you have read Good other accounts during that period....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Needs less editorial comment

    This is an important book as it chronicles the fate of a family not identified as Jewish during WWII. They were in a no win situation as they were trying to leave the Russian sphere so could not go east to safety, but their Polish sounding name limited their options to the west.

    Unfortunately the editorial comments were very disruptive. The use of footnotes would have smoothed the flow of the book without interrupting the narrative. It would also have been nice to have some greater depth in supporting materials about various places other than just a one or two sentence that, inmany cases, reiterated the narrative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Eh..

    Not the average Holocaust book. Was interesting for thefurst two chapter. I found myself skipping from a few pages, to multiple chapters at a time. Do not recommend this as a good intrigueing read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    ho hum

    It was not a memorable read. Not too bad if you are into biographies.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Recommend.

    I found this hard to hold my interest, mainly because the Russian and other foreign names were so hard to remember and attempt to pronounce. The subject matter was heartbreaking, as usual, being such an unimaginable catastrophe. But it was hard to read for me.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Oddly compiled but interesting

    From the diaries and memories od someone who lived through WWII in Russia. At times hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    ????

    How long is this book?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Is it the whole book

    I think it looks interesting make sure it is the whole book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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