This book is a unique, deeply political survivor's diary from the final year inside Bergen-Belsen, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. Hanna Levy-Hass, a Yugoslavian Jew, emerged a defiant survivor of the Holocaust. Her observations, recorded in her own incomparable voice, shed new light on the lived experience of Nazi internment. As the only extant diary of a Holocaust resistance fighter written inside the Nazi camps, this book holds critical historical significance.
A new foreword and afterword of the diary is written by Amira Hass, Hanna Levy-Hass' daughter. Amira Hass is a world-renowned journalist in the Middle East, widely recognized for her regular columns in the daily Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, where she has truthfully documented the injustices of Israeli occupation. Her contribution frames the meaning of her mother's diary for a contemporary readership concerned with the relation between the Holocaust and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Born in Sarajevo, Hanna Levy-Hass was an activist in the resistance to the German occupation of Yugoslavia. She was taken by the Nazis from Montenegro to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Her diary has been published in many languages.
Amira Hass, the daughter of Hanna Levy-Hass, is an Israeli journalist who is best known for her columns in Ha'aretz. She is the author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza and has received many awards for her writing.
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May 30, 2009
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