The Secret WWII Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen
Date: September 24, 2020 7:00 pm Central Time
Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” the book From Day to Day, a World War II concentration camp diary was secretly written during his imprisonment by Norwegian Odd Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize, 1922).
Nansen had been arrested in January 1942 and held captive for three and a half years in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. This inspiring diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, to survive, to preserve his sanity and to maintain his humanity.
After having been out of print for over 60 years, Timothy Boyce rescued the diary from oblivion after having read the memoir of another Holocaust survivor who, as a 10 year-old boy, was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen.
Nansen's diary is remarkable on many levels: as an eloquent personal record, as an eyewitness account of the Holocaust, and as an inspiring example of the human spirit at its best.
Comments and Notes by Editor and Historian Tim Boyce
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