A most captivating and intriguing true story of a young Jewish girl’s life during a World War, and how she survived the Holocaust. Coming from a privileged background at first it seems the story of a girl dropping from riches to rags, yet safe and protected and able to lead a modest life. So while, in light of worse fortunes, at first this didn’t engage me as much as I thought it would, the pace changes and the circumstances change from unjust and inconvenient to life-threatening.
Through the pages of this rediscovered and recently translated diary, we find ourselves in the midst of a wartime drama in Budapest, Hungary, as a teenage girl evades capture, ultimately escapes, and emigrates to America.
I will say that the book is a diary and therefor often misses long periods of historic events and background information, as a diary wouldn’t tell the things the writer knows to the readers. The author has added some of this later, which helped bringing everything into higher gear. A very worthwhile document of history that I wish had just a little more facts beyond the personal journey.