The Diary Of Petr Ginz by Petr GinzThe Diary Of Petr Ginz by Petr Ginz

The Diary Of Petr Ginz

byPetr GinzEditorChava PressburgerTranslated byElena Lappin

Paperback | September 11, 2008

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Not since Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl has such an intimately candid, deeply affecting account of a childhood compromised by Nazi tyranny come to light. As a fourteen-year-old Jewish boy living in Prague in the early 1940s, Petr Ginz dutifully kept a diary that captured the increasingly precarious texture of daily life. His stunningly mature paintings, drawings, and writings reflect his insatiable appetite for learning and experience and openly display his growing artistic and literary genius. Petr was killed in a gas chamber atAuschwitz at the age of sixteen. His diaries-recently discovered in a Prague attic under extraordinary circumstances-are an invaluable historical document and a testament to one remarkable child's insuppressible hunger for life.
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Title:The Diary Of Petr GinzFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.38 × 6.75 × 0.51 inPublished:September 11, 2008Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802143601

ISBN - 13:9780802143600

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from he Monument of a Gifted Boy in a Terrible Time Although the Holocaust diaries of adult writers contain greater historical detail, those of children and young adults give us a perspective of what it is like to be a person in the early years of life, full of both fear and hope. Petr Ginz was a remarkable person in so many ways, a talented artists, writer, humorist, and reporter. His artistic legacy is one of a young man who faced unimaginable adversities with courage, dignity, and hope (even when there was little reason to hope). This beautiful diary covers Ginz's life in Prague, as the Nazi stranglehold creates new social and economic restrictions against the Jewish population with each passing day, and continues with life in Terezin, what was supposed to be a model ghetto but was, in truth, a model of Nazi lies and deception. Petr's sister, Chave Pressburger, who survived the war, adds notes on the underground newspaper he edited at Terezin, Vedem. (For further information on Vedem, I heartily recommend the book "We Are Children Just the Same." A little over a half century later, Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon selected a copy of Petr's most famous work, Moonscape, as one souvenir to take aboard the space shuttle Columbia. It was that mission that ended in tragedy, the spacecraft disintegrating as it entered Earth's atmosphere. I like to think that both these great dreamers have reunited in Heaven, united in their dreams for a peaceful and just world
Date published: 2009-02-01