My Thoughts On “The Secret Holocaust Diaries”

January 9, 2012 By Tracy

I’d mentioned to you all last week about the 3 e-books Tyndale Publishing was offering for FREE right now. I decided to download The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister. I sat down yesterday morning and decided I would look through the first couple chapters and see if it was a book I thought that I could handle reading. And I say “handle reading”, because I’ve tried to watch Schindler’s List…and ummm…nope never made it through that movie. So I read through the intros and the first 2 chapters, (which are heartbreaking) and I thought about putting it away, but then I began to read chapter 3 and I was hooked. I literally couldn’t put the book down, and I wouldn’t have except the family insisted they needed to eat lunch and dinner. I finished the entire book in one day, and I can’t say that I have ever done that before.

I’m sure you have all heard about some of the horendous things that took place during the Holocaust, but to hear of the events as they unfolded through the eyes of a little girl is truly something I will never forget.  This is the true story of Nonna Bannister as told through her diary entries. Nonna’s husband and children knew nothing of her past until a few years before she passed away. Nonna only told her husband after she had spent years translating her diary to english from the many different languages in which it was written.

So why did chapter 3 pull me in? Chapters 1 and 2 are really parts of the story that are yet to come, but chapter 3 takes you back to Nonna’s childhood, well actually to events that even occurred before she was born. She made sure to include in her diary as much information as she had been told about her ancestors. What fascinated me the most was hearing the happy stories of her childhood, the horrible events that took place during her teen years, and then seeing the amazing strength and forgiveness she expressed as a young adult. It still boggles my mind to even try and comprehend how things went so terribly wrong for so many people during that time, but Nonna credits her faith in God carried her through and far beyond those days.

Right now you can still download a FREE copy of the book from Tyndale Publishing.