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Da Helga Weiss begynder sin dagbog i 1939 er hun elleve år gammel Sammen med sin mor og far samt de cirka 40000 jøder der boede i Prag på det tidspunkt oplever hun nazisterne invadere landet og i takt hermed sin egen råderet indskrænket Skolen er lukket land faren må ikke arbejde og familien må kun opholde sig inden for hjemmets fire væggeDa nazisterne begynder deportationerne i 1941 sendes Helga og hendes forældre til koncentrationslejren Terezin I 1944 sendes faren videre til Auschwitz og Helga og hendes mor følger ham uden at vide hvad der venter dem Inden afgangen til Auschwitz hjælper Helgas onkel med at mure Helgas dagbog ind i en væg og bevarer den dermed for eftertiden Faren bliver dræbt i Auschwitz men på mirakuløs vis formår Helga og hendes mor at overleve udryddelseslejren og vender til sidst tilbage til Prag Her færdiggør Helga i en alder af 15 år sine dagbogsnotater fra krigens rædselHELGAS DAGBOG er et slående umiddelbar førstehåndsvidnesbyrd fra Holocaust en ung piges oplevelser af et af verdenshistoriens mest modbydelige kapitler


10 thoughts on “Helga’s Diary [Deník Helgy]

  1. says:

    The things this poor girl had to endure makes my heart hurt The conditions the work the environment and most importantly the separation from her dear father Luckily Helga was able to stay close to her mother despite the pair of them being constantly unwell and almost dying from lack of proper food I just cannot even begin to imagine leaving friends family home and every sense of normality you have grown up with to be escorted from place to place in a van with terrified screaming unwell people who are either deemed fit to work or too ill to live It was thought that people with glasses posed a threat because of their intelligence and they were dispatched immediately Heartbreaking account but I was so relieved that she survived I had to sit uietly for 20 minutes to let it all sink in


  2. says:

    I learned about Helga Weiss this summer when my family and I went to Europe for the purpose of retracing my mother in law's journey from Prague to Terezin to Auschwitz Both she and Helga were among the fortunate 100 children to survive the Holocaust and they led very different lives after the war years When we visited Terezin we learned about the plethora of paintings and writings among the residents including that of the children Helga had an entire wall devoted to her drawings and paintings both sketches and color as she followed her father's instructionsDraw what you see Upon our return from Europe I learned about the publication of this diary and couldn't wait to read it I like to think that maybe my mother in law and Helga knew each other while they were at Terezin Both were from Prague and maybe Helga was about two or three years younger As I read the diary I was able to visualize the setting both in Terezin and at Auschwitz Helga's original diary was secured by an uncle who spent the war years at Terezin; he was able to hide it under a brick when Helga and her mother were transported After the war he gave it to her and she was able to edit it and add her Auschwitz experiences to it There are footnotes to explain terms and events to the reader and Helga's determination to survive is evident through most of her writings The fact that both she and her mother survived is uite a miracle My mother in law lost her entire family and was adopted by relatives in South America Helga and her mother went back to Prague where they were able to recover their apartment and lived through the Cold War and occupation of the Russians Helga married and raised her children in the apartment in which she was born The interview with her at the end of the book gives a picture of what life was like after the war and how Helga adapted to conditions under another ruling regime I learned a lot from this book and it was definitely vivid for me since I had visited many of the sites mentioned including the Pinkas synagogue where the names of the families and individuals who lost their lives are inscribed on the walls This is a very interesting and vivid account of the Holocaust years


  3. says:

    I enjoyed this book expect for one flaw the editing There are incessant notes telling us this sentence was added later or we removed a section here Helga actually means blank etc These notes interrupted the flow of the writing and just became annoying I understand the desire for historical accuracy but when so obsessively overdone it doesn't work for a prose diary With a better editor this diary could be uite good


  4. says:

    A good story of bravery and hope The style is sometimes too simple didn’t like the format of the book it was written by a young girl later edited by the author too many editing comments 


  5. says:

    I bought this book in Prague that was recommended by a guide on a tour through Jewish Prague Helga was a young girl when the Nazi’s occupated Prague Her diary as Jewish girl growing up in Prague was enlightening to me about her experiences in a concentration camp near Prague Terezin This camp even though it was very grim dirty with little food was better than death camps like Auschwitz Helga was able to survive the warCompared to The Diary of Anne Frank the writing was not as good She edited the diary after the war so the entries did not seem as authentic or emotionally realistic However what this book special to me were Helga’s drawings and paintings she included portraying life in the camps Helga became an artist after the war and her talent is clearly showcased in her art


  6. says:

    This was Bookdepository's book of the week last month and because I like reading about history especially about the Holocaust I thought I'd give it a try Plus it has wonderful reviews on It is hard not to judge this book without comparing it to other similar themed books especially the Diary of Anne Frank and because both are written in the style of a diary However there are differences between both with Helga Weiss being still alive to this day while Anne Frank had perished There is also their slight age difference as to when the diary started and ended and that Anne was in hiding while Helga was sent to a concentration campThe book is harrowing of course and at times hopeful But Helga remained so positive throughout the entire ordeal that the feel was less grimy and sad The book has gone through several edits by the author herself so that the journal reads like a daily diary when it was not originally so I wish it had remained the way it was although the contents would have been innocent because of the way it was written by a younger Helga before she knew what was actually happening as when it was edited she already had some knowledge about gassing and camps so it was revised with that in mindThere is a lack of descriptions usually in terms of setting some entries contained mostly just her feelings so it was sometimes difficult to imagine what she was describing It was only when I read the interview with Helga that I understood It is hard to review this book because it is a diary of truths not some fictional story that needs to be rated


  7. says:

    I listed this as a young adult book because the author is in her childhood when she writes her diary and after the war as she recounts all that she wasn't able to write in the moment she writes her recollections as if they were happening right then because she's so easily transported back and it's so fresh in her mind only like 15 and a half when the war ends However this is a book EVERY person should read to get a feel for what it was like for kids during the Holocaust Helga Weiss is such an incredible witness to these events She not only writes but also draws pictures that while not incredibly detailed they remind us of the vividness and immediacy of events No matter how much we'd like to believe the Holocaust couldn't have happened it's irrefutable I feel like this should be mandatory reading as a follow up to reading Anne Frank's diary Unfortunately Anne's diary ends with them being discovered in their attic hideaway and we only imagine the story from there Helga's diary describes life in Terezin the ghetto often used for propaganda purposes and then as she's transported from one concentration camp to the next until liberation I daresay that she might be one of the singular children to live through their experiences in so many camps including Auschwitz Birkenau and Mauthausen The kindle edition has a great interview with the author at the end of the book complete with of Helga's hand drawn pictures and pictures of the Holocaust in general It's a very moving book that you can't ignore once you start reading Helga has a great writing style once again it reminds me of Anne Frank She's so optimistic and wise beyond her years You won't walk away from this book without a better understanding of the costs of the Holocaust and what it meant for everyday Jews who were just trying to live their lives until Hitler came along and decided their lives weren't worth living


  8. says:

    I bought this when I was in Terezin finishing the book now makes me so emotional knowing all those things about that place and how much pain it carried I loved the interview at the end and how the interviewer asks some uestions that I myself have wondered about Helga’s life after the war I recommend this to everyone


  9. says:

    Helga’s Diary A Young Girl’s Account of Life in a Concentration Camp By Helga WeissWW Norton CoApril 22 2013ISBN 10 0393077977 ISBN 13 978 0393077971 256 PagesTranslated by Neil BermelForward by Francine ProsePublicist Jessica Purcell jpurcellwwnortoncom 212 790 4267Genre Memoir Young Adult History World War II the HolocaustHelga Weiss enjoys a happy well nurtured childhood in Prague Loved by family and many close friends the decade of the 1930s is closing with promise and excitement Then in 1939 Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia and everything in Helga’s world suddenly changes Jewish children are forbidden from attending public schools Their parents lose jobs bank accounts and valuable property They are forced from their homes into a decrepit ghetto where many families must live together in sualor As 1939 melts into 1940 rumors about prison camps “in the East” become rampant Soon word arrives that some of those camps are designed to mete out industrial death to Jews on a massive scale Suddenly their horrid ghetto seems like a good place to live By this time Helga has begun writing a diary She feels that it might one day be important to capture the people places and events along her journey into a living hell In 1941 Helga and her parents are transported to the concentration camp Theresienstadt also called “Terezin” Helga’s Diary provides a daily account of life in Terezin Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps and death camps In it she describes their abject misery from slow starvation rampant sickness forced labor the brutality of camp guards and the continual deaths of family and friends The diary is a window upon the massive Nazi plan to rid Europe of every Jewish man woman and child Along with Helga Nazi Germany deports 15000 children to Terezin and later to Auschwitz Only about 100 of them will survive Helga is fifteen when she and her parents arrive at Terezin Her writing largely reflects the unbound innocence resiliency and enthusiasm of a young girl The brutality that she experiences begins to temper her future posts Instead of attending her Prague school and working on art projects or mathematics Helga is suddenly forced into hard labor welding airplane parts in German factories Religious holidays and birthdays come and go surrounded by only cruelty pain and suffering Despite the horrifying conditions we still sense Helga’s unbridled zest and enthusiasm for life her enduring love for family and her unbound anticipation for a rewarding futureHelga like almost everyone else in her barracks suffers from typhus and starvation There is almost no medical care for the prisoners only vicious guards endless slave labor disease and starvation Helga slips into a life threatening illness for which there is no available treatment It seems that Nazis only value Jews who are sufficiently healthy to work in the manufacturing plants that surround concentration camps While typhus rages within the camp Helga falls into a limbo between death and survival The months and years pass by while Helga manages to remain close to her mother separated by buildings but in the same horrid concentration camp However with men and women divided Helga is separated from her dear father The thought of losing him weighs heavily upon Helga’s mind After being deported from Terezin Helga’s father disappears as did so many millions of other victims of Nazi brutality To be sent to a Nazi gas chamber reuires only the appearance of advanced age infirmity disease or rebelliousness Even something as simple as wearing glasses becomes a ticket to the gas chamber Only the strong survive because they can perform the Nazis’ rigorous forced labor Helga and her mother barely endure Auschwitz despite rampant illness and the Nazis desperate need to gas and burn hundreds of thousands of Jews as rapidly as possible By 1944 it becomes apparent that Germany is losing the war Surrounded by the allied armed forces it’s only a matter of time until the concentration camps are liberated The Nazis decide to cover up their massive genocide Jews are forced to gas and burn people as uickly as possible In Auschwitz the crematoria chimneys belch acrid fire and smoke high into the air like some horrid candle pushing the ashes of Jews into infinity Helga and her mother are soon to be dispatched similarly Before the Nazi SS can murder everyone at Auschwitz Birkenau Russian troops arrive upon their doorstep Unable to complete their mission the SS order prisoners on a massive death march including Helga and her mother Years of starvation and sickness have taken a vast toll Helga and her mother are near death It is uncertain whether they will die along the long march or after they arrive at a new Nazi death camp in Germany or Austria Helga’s Diary is extremely well written Helga had little need to embellish her diary after the war because it was so accurate evocative and informative Fascinatingly we see the development of her writing skills as she ages While Helga’s initial diary posts focus upon simple facts and places as one might expect from a fifteen year old her entries years later reflect the work of a woman whose writing skills have developed into excellent prose Her detailed and elouent description of the final death march rivals the writing of any skilled adult Helga’s uncle also imprisoned at Terezin takes possession of the diary after Helga and her parents are deported to Auschwitz He works in the Terezin records department Before Helga is sent to Auschwitz she tells her uncle about the diary He hides the diary inside of a brick wall until the war ends Miraculously he is then able to find it and return it to her If this reviewer has any disappointment with Helga’s Diary it is the absent culture of Theresienstadt Europe’s most well known Jewish artists physicians professors inventors politicians and musicians are sent to Theresienstadt Nazi leadership understands that the world might one day uestion where these prominent people had gone and how they are being treated So Nazi Germany created Theresienstadt as a “show camp” In the end almost all of those prominent Jews are murdered The ruse fails Yet this reader had hoped to learn about the Theresienstadt Jewish schools orchestras bands concerts lectures and all manner of the arts established by Jews within Theresienstadt to make their children less afraid Perhaps Helga was not part of this social and educational aspect of Theresienstadt Nazi Germany manufactured films and documentaries inside the camp meant to show the world how well they treat their famous Jews To this extent a ruse was accomplished with the Red Cross in which the healthiest young Jews are forced to pose as happy fun loving people thanks to Nazi generosity Embarrassingly The Red Cross falls for this subterfuge hook line and sinker Helga’s Diary is significantly enhanced by illustrations drawings maps diagrams and pictures liberally sprinkled throughout the well written text Visual learners are bound to enjoy this added sensory flavor of Helga’s account This fine book is topped off with a very interesting interview of the author at the conclusion After the war Helga enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague where she later became an artist To this day she lives in the house in Prague where she was born Reviewer Charles S Weinblatt is the author of Jacob's Courage A Holocaust Love Story Mazo Publishers 2007


  10. says:

    I expected another book in the vein of The Diary of Anne Frank It was not This is a journal rather than a diary Where as many of the books I have read have been about the treatment of the Jewish people from Poland Germany etc and the concentration camps this books looks at the lives of people in Czeckoslovakia as was firstly in the internment camp at Terezin then Auschwitz and Mathausen It is an interesting read Where Anne’s diary ends with the family being sent to the camps Helga’s diary continues with life in the camps the conditions the treatment of people living during the war and after A merging of past writing and vivid memory that made it intense