Winner of the 2001-02 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category
“Written with the candor and the guilelessness of youth, these rescued fragments give us newly raw insights into the conditions of life and death during the Holocaust, and unvarnished glimpses of individual responses to circumstances of extremity. An important and a poignant collection.”
—Eva Hoffman, author of The Secret
“Zapruder . . . has done a great service to history and the future. Her book deserves to become a standard in Holocaust studies classes, particularly those aimed at youth or focusing on individuals. . . . These writings will certainly impress themselves on the memories of all readers.”
“For the millions who read The Diary of Anne Frank (1952), this collection of 14 Holocaust diaries by young people from all over Europe will extend the history beyond Anne's attic walls. Scholars will want this volume--editor Zapruder's research is meticulous, drawing on archives and museums across the world--but the intensely personal voices of these young people who record the unimaginable will also draw a general audience. In her clear overview and introductions to each diary, Zapruder gives historical context and biography and decries any message of consolation or redemption, pointing out that these stark narratives banish forever the stereotypes of sweet victim, beneficent rescuer, and unfeeling bystander; instead, they suggest the immense complexity of ordinary people….A landmark collection.”
Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust is "a staggering volume of epic scraps penned by clear-eyed Jewish adolescents and edited by Alexandra Zapruder. . . . Zapruder has given new life to these memoirs of death, and . . . they render history with quivering immediacy."
—Justin Davidson, Newsday
“A work of immense significance.”
—Alan L. Berger, Modern Judaism
“A comprehensive survey, Salvaged Pages presents long selections from 15 diaries. I was impressed with the emotional power, the literary subtlety and the historic significance of the work. But what impressed me most was how, when brought together, these diaries created something indefinable and complex.”
—Joshua Beckman, Hadassah Magazine
"Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust is well worth the effort. . . . Aside from its emotional impact, this book authenticates the Holocaust at a time when it is subjected to lies, denial and even gloating. By reviewing the testimony of its victims, with additional voluminous notes and appendices, the reader can judge."
—Jean Sered, Jewish Bulletin of Northern California
“The selections here offer a new way of looking at how the young regarded their fates. . . . It is unbelievably wrenching reading. . . . The words written by these Jewish children as they await their deaths at the hands of their German executioners are searing.”
—Marc Horton, The Edmonton Journal
"An unpretentious collection of documents for the general reader, one which, I think, would also be a good and engaging way of introducing high school students to the suffering of people their age under the Nazi terror."
—Marion Spies, Religion and the Arts