“This memoir of the Holocaust is remarkable on at least two counts: the high caliber of its prose, and its extraordinary provenance as a document originally drafted in Auschwitz and other concentration camps…. It deserves the attention of any reader who wishes to understand life, death and survival in Hitler’s camps” Opined Publisher’s Weekly.
On scraps of paper hidden by friends and strangers until their dying moments, young Ana Novac kept a diary in Auschwitz. The testimony became one of the most treasured books of our time. It is translated to Malayalam by Sathyarajan C. DC Books published it under the title Youvanathile Ente Mohadinangal.
Ana Novac was a Romanian writer who survived the Shoah as a teenager in various German concentration camps . Since 1969 she lived in Paris . As Zimra Harsányi born, she was 11 years old by the annexation of Transylvania Hungarian citizen. In the summer of 1944 she was deported as a Jew to the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of fourteen. She kept a journal documenting her imprisonment there, in the concentration camp Płaszów and other camps. It was published in 1966 in Hungary (German The beautiful days of my youth , 1967) and forms as an authentic testimony of camp life a literary counterpart to the diary of Anne Frank .