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Helga's Diary


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Helga Weiss was born in Prague in 1929. After surviving the Holocaust and the Second World War, Helga returned to Prague, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, and became an artist. She has two children, three grandchildren, and lives to this day in the apartment where she was born. Francine Prose is the author of sixteen books of fiction, including Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Among her most recent works of nonfiction is the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife. A former president of PEN American Center, she lives in New York City.


"Touches raw nerves and contains the potential to send shock waves through the oeuvre of Holocaust memoirs...Astonishing." -- Linda F. Burghardt - Jewish Book World
"The most moving Holocaust diary published since Anne Frank." -- Daily Telegraph
"Describes the unfolding horrors of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a young girl. The young Helga responds to hardship with indignation and defiance, maintaining a sharp sense of observation while trying to make sense of the upheaval and suffering she sees." -- New Yorker
"Fascinating...A youth's contemporaneous view of life and death." -- Jewish American World
"Reads with refreshing immediacy, describing how a smart, spirited young girl negotiated increasingly desperate circumstances." -- Jewish Daily Forward
"She is one of few children to survive Auschwitz. Even with all the books that have been published, this one, with its immediacy and child's point of view, is hard to forget." -- Jewish Week
"Resounds with a ferocious will to endure conditions of astonishing cruelty." -- David Casarani - New Statesman
"Helga's Diary is another moving testimony to the courage, endurance and painfully premature maturity of the young victims of the Holocaust." -- Financial Times
"A breathtaking account...a chilling testament to the tragedy of the Holocaust." -- Publishers Weekly
"At times the struggle of this young girl in the face of evil becomes so real that you'll notice yourself adjusting your blanket and thermostat right along with her as she shivers in the worst of conditions." -- The Daily Beast
"What's startling, throughout, is the resilience with which her buoyant spirit keeps bobbing up past the hardships, indignities, and cruelties of her captors." -- Francine Prose

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