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There are many Holocaust memoirs and diaries out there, all of them bearing powerful testimony to human cruelty and human greatness at the same time, tragic artifacts of that terrible period.

As someone who has devoted most of my life to educating and assisting children, the ones written by young people, mostly teens, are the most poignant.


Children, after all, comprised the most vulnerable and persecuted population of Nazi oppression. Rutka’s Notebook is one of the most laaskier children’s diaries to be published; urtka Like Peter Ginz’s diary, Rutka Laskier’s manuscript remained hidden for some 60 years after the War.

Rutka is being hailed as “the Polish Anne Frank. I do not feel it is for me to render a judgment, so I will simply present paskier few facts and let each reader decide for him- or herself. Both Rutka and Anne were born in ; both are tender testimonies of girls writing at ages 14 and 15, and both writers ruttka their personal thoughts and feelings typical of an adolescent growing up.

Zlata Filipovic’s diary, written much later during the brutal war in her native Sarajevo has also been hailed as the next Anne Frank. What I can say is that, for better or worse, the comparison brings these poignant testimonies together. All three books, as well as that of Peter Ginz, are most definitely worth reading on their own merits. Rutka’s Notebook opens on January 19, just as the Nazi troops were making their way to her hometown, ,askier, Poland.

Rutka is a happy girl with an active intellect. With glee, she recounts the books she has just read, along with the possiblity that she and her friends will finally be emigrating to Eretz Israel, Palestine.

On January 27, she says, “Today, I’m lasoier a strange mood. As if I am seized by joy, I am flooded with some kind of happiness I can’t explain.

Rutka is experiencing the swift changes of mood so typical of teenagers; she also shares intimate thoughts of her growing awareness of her femininity as a budding young woman.

And, of course, there are boys – nice ones and, well, icky ones. Against this backdrop of adolescent normalcy is the brutality of the Nazi regime and the horrific events she has to witness at such a young age.

In one scene, a brutal murder is juxtaposed with a wedding ceremony; a greater contrast is harder to imagine. The reader also shares in Rutka’s apprehension of the future, first having to move to the ghetto, set in the town’s bleak Kamionka district and later moving to Auschwitz, with all the accounts of its horrors she has heard.

In one beautifully written passage, Rutka recounts a dream, going back in time, experiencing the splendors of a day in the mountains, before returning to the harsh reality of the present.

For the young reader, there is a wealth of supplemental material, with background information on the Laskier family, the Holocaust, how Rutka’s notebook was rediscovered after so many years, how Rutka’s father, Yaakov, survived to establish a new life and family in Israel, the quest of Zahava, a daughter by Yaakov’s second marriage, to get to know the half-sister she never met.

In addition, there is a thoughtful essay on to be an adolescent during the Holocaust and a bibliography. Rutka’s eloquent testimony has been given new life. Her life becomes part of the reader’s life in this unforgettable diary.


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El cuaderno de Rutka

Preview — Ce Notebook by Rutka Laskier. A Voice from the Holocaust by Rutka Laskier. Rutka Laskier, a 14 year-old Jewish girl died in Auschwitz in But she left behind a notebook in which she recorded her thoughts, fears and dreams. Now, after 60 years, that notebook hs been recovered, opening a unique, moving window into everyday life of Polish Jews caught in lasker throes of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution.

Hardcover90 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Rutka’s Notebookplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 10, Eva Leger rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is a diary from an approximate four month period from a teenage girl.

The notebook she was writing in was hidden beneath her stairs when her and her family was sent from the ghetto where they were living to a Nazi camp.

It’s believed that Rutka and her entire family, with the exception of her father, died in that camp soon after. Rutka’s friend went back to the house where Rutka’s family lived after the war and retrieved the notebook as she had promised Rutka before they were seperated. Rut This is a diary from an approximate four month period from a teenage girl.

Rutka’s friend then held on the notebook, in secret, for over 60 years. After her nephew presuaded her that the notebook needed to be shared d decided started the process. This is the first edition published in the U. The photos are nothing short of amazing, I was in total awe as I flipped through the pages. The book also includes footnotes for a few things that were unclear. For example, a sentence where some words were left off because of humidity, etc.

There is a decent bibliography included in the end as well. There are afterwords also, one by Zahava Laskier, who is Rutka’s half-sister from a marriage after the war and one from Menachem Lior, who knew Rutka as a teenager.

There is a copy of the actual Page of Testimony filed with Yad Vashem by Rutka’s father after the war, this testimony states the family members of Yaacov Laskier that were murdered in the Holocaust.

Rutka’s Notebook is very slim, all of 90 pages if I remember correctly, with the afterwords laskker, and is still something everyone interested in the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors should read. Sep 19, Zoe Hall rated it liked it Shelves: This is a very brief but particularly personal insight into the Holocaust.

Told from a youthful perspective, this book holds some poignant and often harrowing insights in to the terrible events of this era. It was awful to read of the strife and poverty and even more abhorrent to read about how children, and babies, were treated by soldiers – one example in particular made me recoil – it’s just absolutely awful that cuadrno, let alone babies, could be treated like that. A short but revealing look This is a very brief but particularly personal insight into the Holocaust.

A short but revealing look at Poland in Aug 25, Brian rated it it was amazing Shelves: We can never forget. Feb 26, Theresa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve been trying to formulate this review in my head since finishing this thought provoking and extremely poignant book. I suppose after further contemplation I’ve been thinking about what I would say before finishing.


I wanted to share the thoughts and feelings that I was experiencing while reading but then I would have had to write a page by page review since nearly every page reached out and grabbed me. This book was so difficult for me. It’s a mere 86 pages and it took me just shy of a week I’ve been trying to formulate this review in my head since finishing this thought provoking and extremely poignant book. It’s a mere 86 pages and it took me just shy of a week to read.

I could only take it in small doses. I had to set it aside and read something else before coming back. Certainly laskisr because it was poorly written or uninteresting, quite the contrary, it reached cuadernoo my soul and tore me apart. I sometimes felt physically ill reading this beautiful young girls words.

I cried continually and felt bitter anger at the unfairness and inhumane end Rutka and so many like her endured. My son is 13 years old, just months younger than this young lady and that fact continually entered my mind as I sat thinking about all of the “what ifs” only a parent could interject into this memoir. I lost my breath and bawled when she talked about “something being broken inside” and proceeded to calmly lasoier the murder of a Jewish child in front of his mother by a Nazi.

I know it hurt and scared her but fear apparently became so common her ability to process it was suppressed as a result of her own self preservation mechanisms.

I read a few reviews here laksier were unkind to this book. One went as far as to say “what’s the point? Hopefully as they mature the memory of this book will surface and they will be ashamed by their words.

I will speak to some of the people who also thought that Rutka was “boring” or mean. Let us not forget she was a 14 year old child, just coming into adult feelings. That is a difficult time in anyone’s life.

I cuderno begin to imagine what it was like set against the backdrop of the war cuadernl the knowledge of the holocaust yes they knew what was happening and feared it every second. I honestly found her waffling on falling in love with the boy Janek as a sign she had not lost her humanity. It made me happy to see she was experiencing the things all teens think about.

Also we must remember there rktka no Anne Frank to compare her writing to. Rutka was simply a 14 year old girl writing her thoughts and not expecting maybe hoping though that we would be reading them 60 years later.

So I’ll sum up this review with Learn the cuadetno it attempts to teach so that we as a society never allow such horrible evil deeds to happen ever again. Jun 26, Corinne Edwards rated it really liked it Shelves: A friend picked this one up for me, knowing of my interest in Holocaust memoirs. This one is particularly interesting – she’s been dubbed “the Polish Anne Frank,” and her diary does remind me of Anne’s somewhat. Rutka Laskier’s diary is much shorter than Anne’s however.

Only 60 handwritten pages – such a short amount of text to give a picture of a life. The editors did a fantastic job, adding in pictures and historical context for the things that Rutka talks cuaderrno.