Renia Knoll’s Diary

Everything is conspiring against the Jews, even weather.

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Everything is conspiring against the Jews, even weather. It is already the end of April, and it is so cold that I have to wear a warm sweater and winter coat. I am going to have English, French and German classes every day. But I would give them all away so that I could learn playing the piano, but even if I could, I would not have anywhere to practice. It is so sad in here! Anywhere you look, you can see black, bleak walls raising to the sky with tombstones on top. I wish the sun would shine! but maybe it is good that the weather is bad, because the Germans have issued a decree saying that if a plague breaks out in the Ghetto, the whole ghetto will be reduced to ashes.

Now, I go to Limanowski Avenue, where I have already swept a few boys off their feet.


Renia Knoll, 14 years old, 23rd April, 1941, Kraków

R. Knoll, „The Diary”, Warsaw 2012; diary from the JHI’s collections

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