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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Secret Holocaust Diaries
with Denise George
and Carolyn Tomlin
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" These words said by George Santayana are just as true today as they were when he first said them. This book, The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister is a reminder and an actual account of things that happened in Russia and Germany during and just before WWII. This book tells us about a good family who had a comfortable life in Russia. Nonna tells us about her family and about the wonderful times she had growing up and enjoying her life as all children should. Great turmoil was going on in the government and the years of Stalin changed everything for the people of Russia. The author kept these secret diaries to herself until her own children were grown. She didn't want her husband and children to be saddened by the atrocities that she had witnessed and endured.
I cannot say how much I recommend this book to everyone. This book is one that I will re-read many more times. Nonna's diaries will stay with me for years to come. I thank her husband and family for getting this book out for us to read and learn from. Forgiveness and the love of God are such an important part of this woman's life. We should all read her words and never forget her life and what she endured at the hands of corrupted governments.
Tyndale Publishers provided this book to me. The review is my own opinion.
The life and times of St. Patrick are explored in this book. There is some information about Patrick and the conditions that existed in Ireland during the time when the Romans occupied the British Isles. Ireland was considered to be a place of heathens and ignorant people, so the Romans were not interested in going there. Unfortunately for Patrick, he was taken there as a slave, after the Romans had left England. Exact dates are not known for when St. Patrick was born and when he died and a lot of what is "known" about him is a mix of speculation, stories, exaggerations, legends and some facts.
I did look forward to reading this book and did like it. It wasn't a book that kept my interest for long spans of time, but I did talk about it with my family, so it must have been interesting to me on some level. I hate to sound so negative, and I'm really not. I did like the book and have always wondered about St. Patrick. I just wish that more information was available. The author did a good job with the informations that is avaiable, so I don't blame him for any lack of facts. I think this book is worth reading if you have any interest in the life of St. Patrick.
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