At 14, Rywka Lipszyc was wise, generous, and passionate about God. She was also an orphan, a prisoner in a ghetto, and a witness to the ongoing catastrophe of her people. To read her diary is to encounter a lively mind and a bountiful heart. Even as she recorded the daily horrors, she was grateful to be a Jewish girl; as she feared for the future, she was thoughtful about how to become a Jewish woman. We have very few documents like this, and none is more touching.
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History, Yale University, and author of 'Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin'