Salvaged Pages: Young Writers` Diaries of the Holocaustby Alexandra Zapruder
This is a stirring collection of diaries written by young people, ages 12 to 22, during the Holocaust. Some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, some were imprisoned in ghettos, and nearly all perished before liberation.
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1) When fear crawls out in the evenings from all four corners, when the winter storm raging outside tells you it is winter, and that it is difficult to live in the winter, when my soul trembles at the sight of distant fantasies, I shiver and say one word with every heartbeat, every pulse, every piece of my soulliberation.
( from the diary of Elsa Binder, Stanis_awów ghetto, 1942; the diary breaks off midsentence; she surely perished, but the exact circumstances of her death are unknown)
2) It dawned on me that today is my birthday. Today I became 15 years old…. Must I day in day out see the walled-up ghetto gate, must I in my best years see only the one little street, the few stuffy courtyards?… I wish to shout to time to linger, not to run. I wish to recapture my past year and keep it for later, for the new life.
( from the diary of Yitskhok Rudashevski, Vilna ghetto, Lithuania, December 10, 1942; he was killed in 1943)
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