After 60 years of silence, The Diary of Mary Berg is poised at last to gain the appreciation that it so richly deserves, and is certain to take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank as one of the most significant memoirs of the twentieth century.
Mary Berg was just fifteen when she was imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto. She survived four years of Nazi terror. This is her story. On her fifteenth birthday, with the German army pouring into Warsaw, Mary Berg began her personal diary. From the siege of Warsaw to the final, brutal suppression of the Ghetto Uprising, she records in vivid detail the plight of the refugees, the life of the nouveau riche, the forced conscription, the deportations, and the heroism and resistance at the forefront of the fight against German oppression. Rescued with her family through an allied prisoner exchange, carefully hidden among her meager possessions were twelve small notebooks. Less than a year later, its war-time publication in 1945 America played a key role in making the truth known.