Lost for sixty years in a Prague attic, this secret diary of a teenage prodigy killed at Auschwitz is an extraordinary literary discovery, an intimately candid, deeply affecting account of a childhood compromised by Nazi tyranny. As a fourteen-year old Jewish boy living in Prague in the early 1940s, Petr Ginz dutifully records the increasingly precarious texture of daily life. With a child’s keen eye for the absurd and the tragic, he muses on the prank he played on his science class and then just pages later, reveals that his cousins have been called to relinquish all their possessions, having been summoned east in the next transport. The diary ends with Petr's own summons to Thereisenstadt, where he would become the driving force behind the secret newspaper Vedem, and where he would continue to draw, paint, write, and read, furiously educating himself for a future he would never see. Fortunately, Petr's voice lives on in his diary, a fresh, startling, and invaluable historical document and a testament to one remarkable child's insuppressible hunger for life.
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Can you imagine surviving the Holocaust, while still losing all of your friends and family to the Germen Nazis. Or that your dad is incredibly ill from pleuritic, which causes extreme pain when breathing and he almost dies from it? Well this is the life for a little boy named Petr, who deals with all of these problems, he meets with Chava Pressburger to fill in the rest. In the book, Petr has a normal life, goes to school, does homework, and plays with his family, until at school kids and their families are taken to a concentration camp. Petr¿s father is also sick for a long time, and eventually his family is eventually taken away to the concentration camp too. At the concentration camp in Thereisandant, a town in Germany he is asked to go to another town where eventually he passed away. This book is great for people who want to learn about life during the Holocaust in WWII and what the difficulties were then and how the Jewish people had to struggle to survive. My favorite part is towards the end of the book where he has some of Petr¿s paintings they are really amazing and colorful. My least favorite part is when his dad is suffering and I feel terrible for him. In my opinion, this book is a great book to read because it is tells of a life for a family during the Holocaust and is showing readers that you should see the better side of the problems in your life and be thankful for what you have.