Wishful Wednesday 23: Helga’s Diary
Ketemu lagi dengan hari Rabu, saatnya make a wish berjamaah dan berkhayal tentang buku yang diidam-idamkan.
Gue sangat suka melancong ke berbagai blog buku dan kalau blognya menarik, langsung gue follow. Karena mengikuti berbagai blog, otomatis semua resensi dan rekomendasi menghujani email. Ada satu email yang masuk dan gue membaca reviewnya tanpa berkedip. Ini bukunya:
“The most moving Holocaust diary published since Anne Frank”. (Telegraph).
Helga’s Diary is a young girl’s remarkable first-hand account of life in a concentration camp during World War II. Like The Diary of Anne Frank this is a publication of international importance and a book that will endure for decades. In 1938, when her diary begins, Helga is eight years old. Alongside her father and mother and the 45,000 Jews who live in Prague, she endures the Nazi invasion and regime: her father is denied work, schools are closed to her, she and her parents are confined to their flat. Then deportations begin, and her friends and family start to disappear. In 1941, Helga and her parents are sent to the concentration camp of Terezin, where they live for three years. Here Helga documents their daily life – the harsh conditions, disease and suffering, as well as moments of friendship, creativity and hope – until, in 1944, they are sent to Auschwitz. Helga leaves her diary behind with her uncle, who bricks it into a wall to preserve it. Helga’s father is never heard of again, but miraculously Helga and her mother survive the horrors of Auschwitz, the gruelling transports of the last days of the war, and manage to return to Prague. As Helga writes down her experiences since Terezin, completing the diary, she is fifteen and a half. She is one of only a tiny number of Czech Jews who have survived. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, which were later retrieved from Terezin, and from the loose-leaf pages on which Helga wrote after the war, the diary is presented here in its entirety, accompanied by an interview with Helga and illustrated with the paintings she made during her time at Terezin. As such, Helga’s Diary is one of the most vivid and comprehensive testimonies written during the Holocaust ever to have been recovered. Helga Weiss was born in Prague in 1929. Her father Otto was employed in the state bank in Prague and her mother Irena was a dressmaker. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezin and later deported to
Auschwitz, only 100 survived the Holocaust. Helga was one of them. On her return to Prague she studied art and has become well known for her paintings. The drawings and paintings that Helga made during her time in Terezin, which accompany this diary, were published in 1998 in the book Draw What You See (Zeichne, was Du siehst). Her father’s novel And God saw that it was bad, written during his time in Terezin and which she illustrated, was published in 2010. In 1954 Helga married the musician Jiri Hosek. She has two children, three grandchildren and lives to this day in the flat where she was born.
Gue belum bisa move on dari tema Holocaust. Sejak membaca ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, keingintahuan gue tentang kejadian WWII dan segala detilnya malah makin menjadi. Seperti buku harian Anne Frank, jurnal Helga juga banyak dibicarakan orang dan (kembali) menuai kontroversi. Yang protes tentu saja kebanyakan adalah Holocaust deniers.
Helga yang sekarang berusia 84 tahun masih ingat detil kejadian mengerikan di kamp konsentrasi, di mana ia dan 15,000 orang lainnya disekap.
Helga mengaku masih berhubungan dengan Holocaust survivors lainnya yang sudah tua dan menjanda. Ia bercerita, setiap kali diundang ke sekolah untuk berbicara tentang Holocaust, ia terguncang. Tapi, Helga bersedia memberi kesaksian kepada anak-anak supaya mereka mencintai sesama.
Baca juga excerpt ‘Helga’s Diary’ part 1 di sini
Yang mau ikutan Wishful Wednesday:
- Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
- Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam <emwishlist kalian ya!
- Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky. Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
- Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)