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Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

by Ruth Maier

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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.
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It's a strong book about a life in under the Nazi rule. You get to follow Ruth's life from a young girl into a intelligent, young woman. How she comes to a new country all by herself, and her growth into a young adult and all the questions, wishes and thoughts every human has. Her fears about the war and her thoughts about being a Jew. ( )
  Wilwarin | Apr 7, 2013 |
This diary is actually closer to Anne Frank's than any of the other Holocaust diaries I've read. Both of these young women were, in my mind, quite ordinary girls. Quite bright, with perhaps a bit more than the usual literary/artistic talent, but not geniuses, and not the stuff of which history is made. They became history through the way they died, and the people they associated with. Otto Frank promoted Anne's diary aggressively. Ruth's best friend towards the end of her life, Gunvor Hofmo, became a famous poet and kept her diaries safe; it's highly doubtful whether they'd have been published without Ruth's association with Gunvor.

If you're looking for tortures and beatings and gas chambers, you don't find it in Ruth Maier's diary. Instead you see the growth and maturity of a young Austrian girl as the dark forces of Nazism close around her and her family. She is able to escape to Norway, but Hitler follows her even there -- and you get a not-often-seen glimpse of the Nazi Occupation and the Holocaust there. I think the diary was edited very well. The editor was able to trim nine years of entries and letters, something like 1100 pages, down to reasonable size without being overly repetitive or losing focus on Ruth's life.

This is a solid edition to the canon of Holocaust diaries. ( )
  meggyweg | Feb 22, 2011 |
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Den gripende dagboken til en ung jødinne i Norge ? før og under siste verdenskrig. Ruth Maier var en bråbegavet jødisk flyktning fra Wien som kom til Norge før krigen, tok norsk artium i 1940, ble kjent med lyrikeren Gunvor Hofmo og kamperte sammen med henne i to år. 26. november 1942 ble hun tatt i den store massearrestasjonen av jøder i Norge og fraktet til Auschwitz og gasskammeret der. Ruth Maiers dagbok inneholder hennes opptegnelser livet ut, fra hun var en skolepike på tolv. Dagbøkene fra Norge var det vår store dikterinne Gunvor Hofmo som tok vare på. Hun fant i Ruth Maier en "tvillingsjel", og sorgen over Ruth skaper grunntonen i hennes diktning. Jan Erik Vold har arbeidet et tiår med denne boken og blant annet oppsøkt Ruths søster i England. Den gir et bilde av et dramatisk og innholdsrikt liv. Da Ruth Maier myrdes 22 år gammel, er det et levd liv som tar slutt.
 
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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.

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