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The Resource Helga's diary : a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp, Helga Weiss ; translated by Neil Bermel

Helga's diary : a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp, Helga Weiss ; translated by Neil Bermel

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Helga's diary : a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp
Title
Helga's diary
Title remainder
a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp
Statement of responsibility
Helga Weiss ; translated by Neil Bermel
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Helga's Diary" is a young girl's remarkable first-hand account of life in a concentration camp during World War II. Like "The Diary of Anne Frank" this is a publication of international importance and a book that will endure for decades. In 1938, when her diary begins, Helga is eight years old. Alongside her father and mother and the roughly 40,000 Jews who lived in Prague at the time, she endures the first wave of the Nazi invasion and racist brutality: her father is denied work, schools are closed to her, and she and her parents are eventually confined to their flat. Gradually, as the Nazis' full intentions unfold, deportations begin and her friends and family start to disappear. In 1941, Helga and her parents are sent to the concentration camp of Terezin, where they live for three years, and then, in 1944, Helga's father is sent to Auschwitz. Helga and her mother choose to follow him there, not realising what lies in wait for them. Helga's uncle bricks her diary into a wall to preserve it. At Auschwitz, Helga's father is murdered, but miraculously Helga and her mother survive the camp, the many transports and journeys of the last days of the war, and manage ultimately to return to Prague. As Helga writes down her experiences since Terezin, completing the diary, she is fifteen and a half. She is one of a tiny number of Jews who remain in the city. Written in pencil in school exercise books and translated here for the first time, "Helga's diary" is a strikingly immediate and exceptionally important first-hand account of the Holocaust. Helga Weiss was born in Prague in 1929. Her father Otto was employed in the state bank in Prague and her mother Irena was a dressmaker. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezin and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived the Holocaust. Helga was one of them. On her return to Prague she studied art and has become well known for her paintings. The drawings and paintings that Helga made during her time in Terezin, which accompany this diary, were published in 1998 in the book "Draw What You See" (Zeichne, was Du siehst). Her father's novel "And God" saw that it was bad, written during his time in Terezin and which she illustrated, was published in 2010. In 1954 Helga married the musician Jiri Hosek. She has two children, three grandchildren and lives to this day in the flat where she was born
  • Biographies and Autobiographies
  • World War II
  • Holocaust;
Biography type
autobiography
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Helga's diary : a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp, Helga Weiss ; translated by Neil Bermel
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31532172
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xvi, 226 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780670921416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 31532172
  • (Sirsi) 31532172
Label
Helga's diary : a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp, Helga Weiss ; translated by Neil Bermel
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31532172
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xvi, 226 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780670921416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 31532172
  • (Sirsi) 31532172

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