The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Nonna Bannister
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have read many stories and accounts about the holocaust perpetuated by the evil Hitler, but never one about someone from Russia.
Nonna was from a very well-to-do family in the Ukraine. When the Germans declared war and descended on Russia, her family was torn apart. After her father was beaten and died, Nonna and her mother forge their own way any way they can. They eventually make the decision to go to Germany and are placed in forced labor camps. Their day to day life is desolate and their living conditions are bleak and meagre.
Nonna tells her story from written bits and pieces that she had saved throughout this time. She also saved many pictures and documents that she kept in a hand sewn package kept close to her chest for many years.
After the war, she become a nurse and then was sponsored to the United States, where she married and had 3 children. It was not until many years later as an older woman, that she decided to tell of her past in this book, most of which even her family did not know.
Her great faith in God as well as her positive outlook on life gave her the strength to endure and tell her story.
View all my reviews