Renia Knoll’s diary

It will probably be a mystery forever why an inconspicuous school ruled notebook attracted attention of an electrician employed in a paper mill in Jeziorno near Warsaw.

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It will probably be a mystery forever why an inconspicuous school ruled notebook with a cover on which a child’s hand had humbly written “The Diary — Renia Knollówna — volume 1 — 1941” attracted attention of an electrician employed in a paper mill in Jeziorno near Warsaw. 

Kazimierz Paciorek found it in a pile of waste paper to be chopped up, thumbed through it and decided to keep it. Only in 1958, on the occasion of the events commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, he decided to donate it to the Jewish Historical Institute where the notebook has been stored ever since. (taken from the Preface by Justyna Kowalska-Leder)

This publication can be taken for free in our bookstore in the Jewish Historical Institute.

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