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The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto
     

The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto

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by SL Schneiderman (Editor), Susan Lee Pentlin (Editor), S. L. Shneiderman (Editor)
 

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A revised edition of an extraordinary record of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, first published in 1945, before the end of World War 2. Originally edited by SL Schneiderman, this edition has a new introduction by Susan Lee Pentlin.

On her fifteenth birthday, as the German army tightens its grip on Warsaw, Mary Berg begins writing her diary. She does not yet know that

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A revised edition of an extraordinary record of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, first published in 1945, before the end of World War 2. Originally edited by SL Schneiderman, this edition has a new introduction by Susan Lee Pentlin.

On her fifteenth birthday, as the German army tightens its grip on Warsaw, Mary Berg begins writing her diary. She does not yet know that by the time she has filled twelve small notebooks she will have endured four years of Nazi terror and recorded in vivid detail some of the most important events of the twentieth century.

From the siege of Warsaw to the final, brutal suppression of the Ghetto Uprising, she documents the plight of the refugees, the lives of the nouveaux riches, the forced conscription, the deportations and the heroism of the resistance fighters who rose up against German oppression. Rescued with her family through an allied prisoner exchange, Mary smuggled out of Warsaw the diary she had begun four years earlier. In doing so, she brought to light one of the most incredible documents of the Second World War - the uniquely personal story of a life-loving girl's encounter with unparalleled human suffering, and an extraordinary insight into one of the darkest chapters of history.

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Today I am fifteen years old. I feel very old and lonely.... Everyone is afraid to go out. The Germans are here." So begins this extraordinary memoir of Jewish life in Lodz, Poland, and the Warsaw ghetto as the Nazis began to liquidate its starving and disease-ridden inmates. In 1940 Berg fled Lodz with her parents and sister. They lived in the Warsaw ghetto, and in July 1942 were transferred to Pawiak prison within the ghetto. Originally published in the U.S. in February 1945, the memoir is based on notebooks that Mary Berg (née Wattenberg) smuggled out of Europe when she and her interned family were traded for German prisoners and sailed to America. This powerful testament documents Nazi brutalities, and the difference between those without means, who starved and died of typhus, and the more privileged, like Berg's family (her mother was American and her father relatively wealthy), who, for a time, were able to patronize ghetto cafes and attend the theater. Berg is a remarkably clear-eyed, skillful and heart-breaking recorder of those terrible years. 23 illus. (Apr. 12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851685851
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
04/25/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
589,891
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

SL Schneiderman was born in Kazimierz, Poland in 1906 and died in Israel in 1996. Susan Pentlin is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.

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The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
veronicac311 More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent read. It is sad because the reader sees everything through this young ladys eyes. We now know what the Nazis were doing to the Jews but this diary gives a detailed glimpse of how the Jewish people did not want to accept the facts of what was being done.