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Fascinating insight into the Warsaw Ghetto,
This review is from: The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto (Hardcover)
I heard this book recommended on the radio by Ottakers bookshops as their top pick for the Autumn. I was immediately curious and went out and bought it. I completely agree with them. Apart from the fact that it is a beautiful book (I've now bought an extra copy for my aunt for xmas) it is wonderfully written. It is a very honest and unselfconscious (and unself-pitying) memoir of living in the ghetto by a teenage girl, from the invasion of Poland to 1944. It drew me in from the first page, and I read it straight through.
One of the things I really appreciated is that it is a very warts and all account - talking about the terrible suffering and desperate (and impressive) efforts of the community to alleviate it, as well as the contrast with life of the better off ghetto residents, and against this ghastly backdrop of fear and daily struggle you see the day-to-day life of a young girl coming to adulthood. While I knew the general story of the Ghetto, this drew you into it, giving a three-dimensional idea of what it really felt like to live through it. A lot of eye-witness accounts were written years later, but this one was written at the time, which gives it incredible power. An amazing book.