Nonna Bannister carried a secret almost to her Tennessee grave: the diaries she had kept as a young girl experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust. This book reveals that story. Nonna’s childhood writings, revisited in her late adulthood, tell the remarkable tale of how a Russian girl from a family that had known wealth and privilege, then exposed to German labor camps, learned the value of human life and the importance of forgiveness. This story of loss, of love, and of forgiveness is one you will not forget.
WOW! This is an amazing book and was very hard to put down. Reading this book is like sitting down with Nonna Bannister herself as she unlocks the secrets of her past. I actually found myself wanting more and more of her life told to me. I was so engrossed in her writings and her family. I felt swept back in time with her experiencing almost the same sad and also some happy memories with her. I also like this book because is a view of the Holocaust that you don't normally read about. This family was not Jewish and was from Russia. I won't tell you much more about the story as it would spoil some of it for you. I will tell you that some of the memories are horrific and you should monitor the age of those that read this book. I felt that this was more a story of her and her family going through the Holocaust than the Holocaust itself. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading memoirs. I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House and the views are my own.