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This diary is actually closer to Anne Frank s than any of the other Holocaust diaries I ve ead Both of these young women were in my mind uite ordinary girls uite bright with perhaps a bit than the usual literaryartistic talent but not geniuses and not the stuff of which history is usually made They became history through the way they died AND THE PEOPLE THEY ASSOCIATED WITH OTTO FRANK PROMOTED the people they associated with Otto Frank promoted s diary aggressively Ruth s best friend towards the end of her life Gunvor Hofmo became a famous poet and kept her diaries safe it s highly doubtful whether they d have been published without Ruth s association with GunvorIf you e looking for tortures and beatings and gas chambers you don t find it in Ruth Maier s diary Instead you see the growth and maturity of a young Austrian girl Ruth Maier was born into a middle class Jewish family in interwar Vienna Following the Anschluss of Austria in March 1938 the world of the substantial Viennese Jewish community crumbled In early 1939 her sister having left for England Ruth emigrated to Norway and lived with a family in Lillestrøm about thirty miles from Oslo Although she loved many things about her new country and its people Ruth's elationship with her hosts soon turned stale then sour Ruth became increasingly isolated in Norway until she met a soul. .
S the dark forces of Nazism close around her and her family She is able to escape to Norway but Hitler follows her even there and you get a not often seen glimpse of the Nazi Occupation and the Holocaust there I think the diary was edited very well The editor was able to trim nine years of entries and letters something like 1100 pages down to easonable size without being overly epetitive or losing focus on Ruth s lifeThis is a solid edition to the canon of Holocaust diaries Personally I like this book better than I liked Anne Franks Diary Anne was so young and eally couldn t see the bigger picture Ruth is so much older and can understand politics in a greater sense than Anne ever could Ruth has so much better insight on the world and the war than most teens and that just hits ho. Mate Gunvor Hofmo who was to become a celebrated poet Norway itself became a Nazi conuest in April 1940 and Ruth's attempts to join the est of her family now in Britain became ever urgent She never left Norway and in November 1942 she was deported to Auschwitz where she was exterminated
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arrival She had ecently twenty twoRuth Maier kept a diary from 1934 until just before she was murdered being only in her teens she shows a sophisticated understanding of the political forces shaping Europe in her teens she shows a sophisticated understanding of the political forces shaping central Europe ,
Me for me It feels morally wrong to ate a book such as this one but for the purposes of garnering it exposure I can t ecommend Ruth Maier s Diary highly enough Ruth Maier was born in Vienna in 1920 and emigrated to Norway in 1939 in order to flee Nazi Europe However Ruth was deported in 1942 to Auschwitz where she was murdered This diary is the 3 1942 This book was good and bad I understood going in that it was a journal a day to day of a girls life but it was still in many cases just boring for me The book alternated between eally interesting social and political insight and experience and then letters and diary entries that were much less interesting I m glad I ead the whole book but about half way through it read the whole book but about half way through it infinitely difficult to get excited about eading the book. Well as extraordinary prescience However the book is much than just historical documentation In a lucid yet highly lyrical style with an incisive talent for narrative and a sharp wit Ruth explores universal themes of isolation identity friendship love sexuality desire morality justice and sacrifice Most of all however she seeks what it means to be a human being Published only ecently for the first time in Norway Ruth Maier's Diary is one of the most moving testimonies recently for the first time in Norway Ruth Maier's Diary is one of the most moving testimonies emerge from this dark period of European histo. ,