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The secret Holocaust diaries : the untold story of Nonna Bannister

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The secret Holocaust diaries : the untold story of Nonna Bannister
Call No: 940.53161 B21s

Call Number940.53161 B21s
Dates[2009]; ©2009
Statement of Responsibilityby Nonna Bannister ; with Denise George and Carolyn Tomlin.
Creators & ContributorsBannister, Nonna (author)
George, Denise (contributor)
Tomlin, Carolyn Ross (contributor)
Bannister, Nonna (subject)
Summary"Nonna Bannister carried a secret almost to her Tennessee grave: the diaries she had kept as a young girl experiencing the horrors of the Holocaust. This book reveals that story. Nonna’s childhood writings, revisited in her late adulthood, tell the remarkable tale of how a Russian girl from a family that had known wealth and privilege, then exposed to German labor camps, learned the value of human life and the importance of forgiveness." —Publisher
ContentsTrain to Agony
  1. Boarding the Train
  2. Baby Sarah
Life Before the War
  1. Family Background
  2. Mama's Family
  3. Educating Anna
  4. Move to Taganrog
  5. Move to Rostov-on-Don
  6. A Day in the park
  7. The Depression in Russia: Stalin's Power
  8. Winter Vacation with Babushka at the Dacha
  9. Our Journey by Train
  10. Homecoming Welcome
  11. Our Fun Time Begins
  12. Christmas Church Service
  13. Christmas Day: 1932
  14. Reflections on Childhood
  15. Back to reality: 1933
  16. Troubled times: 1933–34
  17. Changing times: 1934–35
  18. Wine-Tasting Time
  19. Times of Uncertainty: 1937
  20. Remembrances
  21. Germany Attacks Russia
  22. Preparations for the Invasion
  23. Our World Begins to Crumble
  24. Papa is Found in Hiding
  25. My Last Minutes with Papa
  26. Papa's Burial
  27. Life without Papa
  28. Surviving the German Occupation of Konstantinowka
The Agony Continues
  1. August 1942
  2. The End of the Line
  3. Identification Patches
  4. Labor Camp, Our First Assignment: 1942
  5. The Break: Spring 1943
  6. Loss of Mama to the Gestapo: September 1943
  7. Survival to the End
  8. Last Message from Mama
  9. Searching for Mama: Merxhausen Hospital
New life
  1. The Final Arrangements
Afterword / Nonna Bannister
Appendix A. Life with Nonna
Appendix B. "Is this It? Is This All?"
Appendix C. Documents
Appendix D. Genealogy
Physical Description xxiii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), map ; 21 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherCarol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
RecognitionGifted in 2018 by Stuart Michelson