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El Cuaderno de Rutka = Rutka's Notebook (Spanish) Hardcover – 30 Jun 2008
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Hardcover, 30 Jun 2008
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Rutka may be described as the Polish Anne Frank but I feel this does a disservice to both Rutka and Anne. Anne was a tremendously gifted young writer who truly had talent, and her experiences were different than Rutka's. Anne's writings not only spoke of her yearnings and hopes for the future, but also portrayed a life that was suppressed in hiding. It tells of how people in hiding were forced to hide their true feelings and live amicably in confined quarters, despite their differences. Anne's diary also covered several years in hiding, whereas Rutka's writings cover only four months in 1943 before she was deported to Auschwitz. Rutka's writings are significant in their own way because it provides insights into the mind of an adolescent Jewish girl who lived in Nazi-occupied territory during the period of the Holocaust, who was forced to move to cramped quarters from a previously comfortable life, but who did so openly as a Jew, not in hiding. Rutka witnessed unimaginable horrors that no human would wish to witness and though both girls perished in the Shoah, their lives were very different, and this is reflected in their writings.
Rutka's Notebook is a compelling addition to Holocaust literature, and is especially recommended for middle school and high school libraries. I would also suggest the following titles:
Salvaged Pages: Young Writers` Diaries of the Holocaust (Yale Nota Bene)
The Diary of Petr Ginz
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries
We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust
The Diary of Eva Heyman: Child of the Holocaust
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