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Ruth Maier's Diary: A Jewish Girl's Life in Nazi Europe

Ruth Maier. Jan Erik Vold, ed.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780099524243
Pages/Publication Date 413/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33610
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Born into a middle-class Jewish family in 1920s Vienna, Ruth Maier began a diary in 1934, in which she recorded the collapse of her world with the Nazi Anschluss of Austria in 1938. She emigrated to Norway, where she wrote of feeling increasingly isolated until finding a soul mate in another young writer, Gunvor Hofmo (who would later become one of Norway's most influential modernist poets). In 1942 Maier was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she was murdered on her arrival, but her diary—found among Hofmo's papers after her own death in 1995—survives as a testament to a lyrical, witty, and incisive writer, extinguished just as she was beginning to explore what it means to be human.

"It sounds like a cliché 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 (Denmark)

"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."—Independent (London)

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