Diary

Renia Knoll

Diary

Cover
softcover
Publisher
Jewish Historical Institute
ISBN
978-83-61850-02-1

An inconspicuous school ruled notebook with a cover on which a child’s hand wrote “The Diary — Renia Knollówna” was found in a pile of waste paper by an employer of a paper mill in Jeziorna near Warsaw in March 1943. In 1958 the finder handed it over to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Renia Knoll was born in Cracow on 12th February, 1927. Her notes include the period from 16th May 1940 to 1st September 1941 and therefore they refer to both the time before the creation of the Cracow Ghetto and first six months of its existence. However, Renia’s diary is by no means a chronicle of fates of Cracow Jews during the occupation. It is a diary of a teenager who worries about the anti-Semitic repressions as much as about flirtation with her male friends, learning problems or arguments with her parents. Perhaps, it is a disappointment for a reader avid for a chronicle description of events or a shocking testimony reflecting only the trauma of the Holocaust. However, the diary is still a remarkable testimony, in which the experience of the Holocaust is presented from the perspective of a child, preoccupied by both problems typical of puberty and those relating to life during the occupation.

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