The Secret Holocaust Diaries

  • by Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin
  • Narrated by Rebecca Gallagher
  • 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For half a century, a terrible secret lay hidden, locked in a trunk in an attic... photos, official documents, and scraps of a diary written by a young girl. "The time has come when I must share my life story... some facts from the past that could make a contribution, however small it may be, to the history of mankind." The Secret Holocaust Diaries is a haunting eyewitness account of Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister, a remarkable Russian-American woman who saw and survived unspeakable evils as a young girl. For half a century, she kept her story secret while living a normal American life. She locked all her photos, documents, diaries, and dark memories from World War II in a trunk. Late in life, she unlocked the trunk, first for herself, then for her husband, and now for the rest of the world. Nonna's story is one of suffering, torture, and death - but also of incredible acts of kindness that show the ultimate triumph of faith and love over despair and evil. The Secret Holocaust Diaries is in part a tragedy, yet it's also an unforgettable true story about forgiveness, courage, and hope.

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Sad , true story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The book has a realism that is riveting. It is unfortunate the author kept it secret for so long. There is so much to be learned by her story and I am sure it's length would have filled volumes. Since I listed to the audio version, I wonder if a sample of the journals the author kept are included in the book.


What other book might you compare The Secret Holocaust Diaries to and why?

It is comparable to Anne Frank, but of two nationalities one more persecuted that the other. Both from the childs point of view.


Which character – as performed by Rebecca Gallagher – was your favorite?

Nona the child


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was saddened that intelligent people can treat one another in such a dispicable manner for perceived or real slights.


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- Michelle

I respect Nonna

As avid reader of WWII and Halocaust books, I respect the author's experience. That being said, I didn't enjoy this as an audiobook because the entire narrative is heavily pepper with "Editor's notes." I thought many of them were unnecessary to my understanding, and were very intrusive.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2009
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio