Monday, April 12, 2010

The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister

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The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister

Tyndale House Publishers (March 4, 2010)

***Special thanks to Vicky Lynch of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


Nonna Bannister was a young girl when World War II broke into her happy life. She went from an idyllic early-twentieth-century Russian childhood, full of love and comforts, to the life of a prisoner working in labor camps—though she was not a Jew—eventually bereft of her entire family. But she survived the war armed with the faith in God her grandmother taught her and a readiness to start a new life. She immigrated to America, married, and started a family, keeping her past secret from everyone. Though she had carried from Germany the scraps of a diary and various photographs and other memorabilia, she kept it all hidden and would only take it out, years later, to translate and expand her writings. After decades of marriage, Nonna finally shared her secret with her husband . . . and now he is sharing it with the world. Nonna died on August 15, 2004.

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Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (March 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414325479
ISBN-13: 978-1414325477


Here is my review of this enlightening non-fiction book:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Nonna Bannister and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Secret Holocaust Diaries" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

It almost feels inappropriate to comment on “The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister” by Nonna Bannister with Denise George and Carolyn Tomlyn. In fact, it is with tears in my eyes that I write this review. This book is a forthright depiction of one woman’s life experience especially during World War II with the horrors of the repulsive death camps. Nonna Bannister was born Nonna Lisowskaja in Russia. Her family was completely torn apart by the happenings during that time of madness. But praise the Lord, Nonna not only made it out alive, but moved on with her own life to build a family and find a voice that will allow others to hear the stories of that moment of insanity in our world’s history.

I am saddened that she has the story to tell at all, but I am profoundly glad that she has told it. We are entering a new era of madness in the world where some people feel compelled to deny the happenings within the fences that surrounded these horrific concentration camps. But stories such as Nonna’s did take place. My heart was deeply touched by her words and her photographs. I am left speechless by the documents that were pictured, especially the Questionnaire for Holocaust Survivors and the check from the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme.

Thank you, Nonna, for telling your story. Within the pages of your book, you explain that your Grandmother taught you to love God. Then you know how this whole story ends: the Lord has already won the battle against evil. By sharing your story, you have ensured that the world will not forget the mistakes of the past and will hopefully learn from them. I look forward to thanking you for enlightening me by giving you a big hug – in this life or the next. May Jesus bless you.

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