The Diary of Petr Ginz 1941-1942

The Diary of Petr Ginz 1941-1942

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Lost for sixty years in a Prague attic, this secret diary of a teenage prodigy killed at Auschwitz is an extraordinary literary discovery, an intimately candid, deeply affecting account of a childhood compromised by Nazi tyranny. As a fourteen-year old Jewish boy living in Prague in the early 1940s, Petr Ginz dutifully records the increasingly precarious texture of daily life. With a child's keen eye for the absurd and the tragic, he muses on the prank he played on his science class and then just pages later, reveals that his cousins have been called to relinquish all their possessions, having been summoned east in the next transport. The diary ends with Petr's own summons to Thereisenstadt, where he would become the driving force behind the secret newspaper Vedem, and where he would continue to draw, paint, write, and read, furiously educating himself for a future he would never see. Fortunately, Petr's voice lives on in his diary, a fresh, startling, and invaluable historical document and a testament to one remarkable child's insuppressible hunger for life.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780871139665
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 GIN
Characteristics: xii, 161 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm

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51ball
Jan 29, 2017

This is a diary, written by a boy, and as a diary, is beyond literary critique. The diary entries discuss mainly weather and other mundane activities. There are sections in which life under the nazis is shown. The significance of the book is that the reader knows in advance that Petr and many of those named are destined to die in nazi concentration camps. Based on his writings and other artistic and scientific endeavors, the real thought after reading is wondering what he would have accomplished if given the opportunity.

AL_KATI Oct 04, 2016

I'm going to be totally honest: I didn't see why this diary is touted as a must-read Holocaust record.

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