Ruth Maier's Diary is one of the most moving testimonies to emerge from this dark period of European history
Ruth Maier was born into a middle-class Jewish family in interwar
Vienna. She emigrated to Norway and was deported to Auschwitz in
November 1942, where she was killed on arrival, aged only
twenty-two. Ruth's diary is a testament to the remarkable writer
she could have become.
The diary came to light after the book's editor, Jan Erik Vold, found sections of the manuscript amongst the papers of Ruth's friend, the eminent Norwegian poet, Gunvor Hofmo, following her death in 1995.
"It sounds like a cliche to maintain that a new Anne Frank has been
found. But the newly published diary by Ruth Maier has the same
magic strength as Anne Frank's diary" * Berlingske Tidende
"The final volume of her diary, completed two days after her 22nd birthday, carried the inscription: "Do Not Burn!" For the sake of posterity and as a human chronicle, we can be grateful that it was not turned to ash" -- Ian Thompson * Independent *
"Her reflections on herself and those around her make poignant reading" * Spectator *