Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal

Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal Review

The long-hidden diary of a young Polish woman's last days during the Holocaust, translated for the first time into English, with a foreword from American Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt.

Renia Spiegel was a young girl from an upper-middle class Jewish family living on an estate in Stawki, Poland, near what was at that time the border with Romania. In the summer of 1939, Renia and her sister Elizabeth (née Ariana) were visiting their grandparents in Przemysl, right before the Germans invaded Poland.

Like Anne Frank, Renia recorded her days in her beloved diary. She also filled it with beautiful original poetry. Her diary records how she grew up, fell in love, and was rounded up by the invading Nazis and forced to move to the ghetto in Przemsyl with all the other Jews. By luck, Renia's boyfriend Zygmund was able to find a tenement for Renia to hide in with his parents and took her out of the ghetto. This is all described in the Diary, as well as the tragedies that befell her family and her ultimate fate in 1942, as written in by Zygmund on the Diary's final page.

Renia's Diary is a significant historical and psychological document. The raw, yet beautiful account depicts Renia's angst over the horrors going on around her. It has been translated from the original Polish, with notes included by her surviving sister, Elizabeth Bellak.

Title:Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal
Edition Language:English

    Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal Reviews

  • Angela M

    When I finished this, I didn’t think that it would be fair to rate it. How do you rate someone’s diary, an intimate look at someone’s inner thoughts, secrets, a diary that is not necessarily mea...

  • Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Well, I have been sitting on my review and rating for this book all weekend. Often my fellow reviewers...

  • Paige

    This diary contains important excerpts for comparative literature in the classroom. Readers see a diary significantly different than Anne Frank’s, in that Renia Spiegal was socially living out and a...

  • Veronica ??

    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...Renia’s Diary is the journal entries of Polish born Renia Spiegel from 1939, age 15 until 1942 when she was murdered, at age 18, by the Nazi’s.Diaries are ...

  • Cheryl

    As more and more Holocaust survivors pass away, it’s important that people read about their experiences so that they won’t be forgotten, and hopefully, something like that will never happen again....

  • Lisa Leone-campbell

    Renia Spiegel was born in Poland and at the age of 18 died by a gunshot to the head for being Jewish. She died a victim of the Holocaust. Between the ages of 15 to 18, Renia kept a diary. It took over...

  • Katie

    This is a difficult book to review for a lot of reasons but I want to start by getting it out of the way that ~90% of Renia Spiegel’s nearly 700 page diary is about her infatuation with Zygmunt Schw...

  • Janine

    I've seen a lot of other reviews mentioning that this book is hard to rate. I think mainly because people go into reading a book that is the diary of a teenage girl in Poland during WW2, and they expe...

  • Bev Walkling

    Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an e-galley of this book. What follows is my honest review.First of all, I feel very privileged to have been able to read thi...

  • Cheryl

    When reading this book, we have to remember that it is a diary of a teenaged girl. Some reviews that I have read are critical of the writing or content, but we have to remember that even while WWII an...