Teen’s Holocaust diary unveiled after friend hid it for 60 years

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Emotional journal vividly documents girl’s hopes and fears
The diary of a 14-year-old Jewish girl, dubbed the “Polish Anne Frank,” was unveiled yesterday by Israel’s Holocaust museum more than 60 years after the teenager vividly described the world crumbling around her as she came of age in a Jewish ghetto. “The rope around us is getting tighter and tighter,” Rutka Laskier wrote in 1943, shortly before she was sent to Auschwitz. “I’m turning into an animal waiting to die.” Within a few months Rutka was dead and, it seemed, her diary lost. But last year, a Polish friend who had saved the notebook finally came forth, exposing a riveting historical document.
Rutka’s Notebook is both a daily account of the horrors of the Holocaust in Bedzin, Poland, and a scrapbook detailing the life of a teenager in extraordinary circumstances. The 60-page memoir includes innocent adolescent banter, concerns and first loves – combined with a cold analysis of the fate of European Jewry.

siehe auch: “Polish Anne Frank” diary revealed. Rutka Laskier, 14, wrote of life in the Bedzin, Poland, ghetto shortly before she was sent to Auschwitz, where she died.The diary of a 14-year-old Jewish girl, dubbed the “Polish Anne Frank,” was unveiled Monday by Israel’s Holocaust museum more than 60 years after the teenager vividly described the world crumbling around her as she came of age in a Jewish ghetto; Moving diary of ‘Polish Anne Frank’ unveiled. The diary of a 14-year-old Jewish girl dubbed the “Polish Anne Frank” was unveiled on Monday, chronicling the horrors she witnessed in a Jewish ghetto – at one point watching a Nazi soldier tear a Jewish baby away from his mother and kill him with his bare hands.

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