Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust

Rutka Laskier, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, died in Auschwitz in 1943, but she left behind a notebook in which she recorded her thoughts and dreams.

Knowing of my interest in Holocaust memoirs a friend got me this in a book gathering.  This diary is a short read only 60 pages and that amount of pages just to give a picture of her few years of life.

Rutka has been dubbed “the Polish Anne Frank” and I disagree; they had to endure in different ways discrimination, persecution and some other atrocities. There is no point on making a comparison on who got it harder, but I think Rutka did because she had to deal and interact with Nazism first hand as we can see in her writing, how she described disturbing incidents and how they were relocated in the ghetto and how she and her family had to go through selections that could lead them any time to concentration camps, while Anne Frank went into hiding for two years.

To be honest I didn’t like the after words of the book, but her diary of course was an interesting piece of history. By the way, the editors added pictures and historical context for the things that Rutka talks about, that was really accurate.

 After all books and movies I’ve read and seen, rather fictional or documentaries I always come across the unanswerable question, How could these things actually happen?.


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