The Secret Holocaust Diaries (CD-Audio)

By Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin, Rebecca Gallagher (Narrator)

Oasis Audio, 9781598595321

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/30/2009)
Paperback (4/1/2010)
Hardcover (4/1/2009)
CD-Audio (9/1/2010)

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For half a century, a terrible secret lay hidden, locked in a trunk in an attic... photos, official documents, and scraps of a diary written by a young girl. “The time has come when I must share my life story... some facts from the past that could make a contribution, however small it may be, to the history of mankind.”  The Secret Holocaust Diaries is a haunting eyewitness account of Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister, a remarkable Russian-American woman who saw and survived unspeakable evils as a young girl. For half a century, she kept her story secret while living a normal American life. She locked all her photos, documents, diaries, and dark memories from World War II in a trunk. Late in life, she unlocked the trunk, first for herself, then for her husband, and now for the rest of the world. Nonna’s story is one of suffering, torture, and death—but also of incredible acts of kindness that show the ultimate triumph of faith and love over despair and evil. The Secret Holocaust Diaries is in part a tragedy, yet it’s also an unforgettable true story about forgiveness, courage, and hope.

About the Author

Denise George, author of 22 books, has written more than 1,500 articles for Redbook, Essence, Guideposts, Christianity Today, Decision, Preaching Magazine, and more than 80 other magazine markets.  She is a judge for the 2008 Christy awards, has worked with Chuck Colson, and has written many of his BreakPoint commentaries.  She speaks internationally at higher-education institutions, pastors’ conferences, and other forums.  Denise is married to Dr. Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.  They live in Birmingham, Alabama and have two grown children.


Carolyn Tomlin has combined her educational career with writing and photography and writes monthly for The City News (Jackson, Tennessee),, Baptist & Reflector, and Children’s Ministry (Group Pub. Co.).  She is the author of eight books, including More Alike Than Different and First Steps in Missions, and is a frequent speaker for women’s ministries, teacher-training workshops, and writing conferences.  She is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Matt.  They have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Praise For The Secret Holocaust Diaries

"In this account of Nonna Bannister's girlhood experiences in Europe during WWII, both horrifying and heartbreaking events take place.  But the most remarkable aspect of the story is Nonna's ability to hold on to the happy memories of her childhood, despite the pain that followed. Rebecca Gallagher's warm voice and bright delivery capture the coziness of Nonna's family life. Nonna’s darker memories are of fleeing Stalinist Russia, only to end up in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany, where her mother was killed. These passages Gallagher delivers with restrained emotion, which makes them even more powerful. Throughout, Gallagher projects the flicker of hope that never left Nonna entirely and allowed her to create a life for herself later on in America. Nonna’s positive outlook is further conveyed in an interview with her, as an elderly woman, at the end of the book." 
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