During the Holocaust, as European Jews were faced with total destruction, thirteen-year-old Ruthka Lienblich wrote her diary. In those most dark and tragic days, this tender teenager searched for a ray of justice, honesty and truth. The diary before us is an authentic document maintained during the war years. In it, the author expresses her dream of a better tomorrow and a just world. The diary is the voice not only of Ruthka, but of a million and a half Jewish children who perished, forever deprived of the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts. They demand of us to remember, and to allow their voices to be heard. Ruthka's diary opens the door to these children's perceptions of the world around them under the Nazi occupation. We are given an eyewitness account of their adjustment to horrible conditions and their struggle to stay alive in the midst of the stormy waves of destruction. We learn firsthand of their desires, joy and sorrows, and of their drive to elevate themselves above the horrors of the world around them. The diary has a special significance for the young people of our generation. Becoming familiar with it will afford today's youngsters and adolescents the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the Holocaust from a youth's point of view. They will have the opportunity to compare and contrast their own desires and wishes with those of their peers who lived during the war. They will also compare and contrast the human and cultural values of the world they live in with those of their earlier counterparts, and will confront a world in which human worth and social principles collapsed completely. The diary is an account of courageous Jewish children who, in the most trying conditions, struggled to elevate themselves intellectually and spiritually, and who looked forward to living a full, ethical life in a future ruled by justice and truth.
Translated by Jehoshua & Anna Eibeshitz
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