The Secret Journal Of A Polish Teenager From WW2 Will Be Published After 70 Years
The diary of a Polish teenager, killed by the Nazis in 1942, will be published after 70 years.
Renia Spiegel began writing in her diary, now titled ‘A Young Girl's Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust’, when she was just 15 years old.
Renia describes daily life in Poland during WW2, including German air raids, the liquidation of the Przemyśl ghetto and the timeline of the war.
Renia was forced into a gated ghetto by the Nazis in June 1942. Renia wrote: ‘Today at 8 o’clock we have been shut away in the ghetto. I live here now; the world is separated from me, and I’m separated from the world.’.
Zygmunt Schwarzer, Renia’s boyfriend, worked with the local resistance to help Renia and her little sister Ariana escape from the ghetto.
Ariana and Renia were then hidden in the attic of Zygmunt’s uncle’s tenement house. 12-year old Ariana was taken to a friend’s house the next day.
In July 1942, a week before Renia’s 18th birthday, Renia was discovered by the Germans and was murdered.
Zygmunt was taken to Auschwitz but survived the death camp and became a doctor in the US. In 1950, he found Renia's sister Ariana and mother Róża in New York and returned the diary to them.
Her diary is being released in the UK on the 19th September.
Added: 12th September 2019