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Diary of Petr Ginz



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The Diary of Petr Ginz
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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. In 1941, Petr Ginz was a young teenager living in Prague with his parents and sister. Adventurous, artistic and optimistic, he wrote poems and novels and edited a children's magazine inside the work camp at Theresienstadt. Originally written in his own special code-language, Petr's diaries describe daily life for the Ginz family and document the introduction of anti-Jewish laws from a young adult's point of view - pithy and unsentimental. The writing stopped in 1942 when Petr received his summons, but the books survived in a Prague attic. They recently came to light in extraordinary circumstances and were published in the Czech Republic in 2005 to a storm of publicity. Edited by his sister, Chava, and including background material and beautiful reproductions of Petr's artwork, this book is a classic in the making.

Author Biography

Petr Ginz died in 1944, aged 16. His sister, Chava Pressburger, who introduces the diary, now lives in Israel.
Release date Australia
June 14th, 2007
Edited by Chava Pressburger Foreword by Jonathan Safran Foer Translated by Elena Lappin
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
colour plates & b&w integrated illustrations
Atlantic Books
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