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Elisheva's Diary

In the early 1990s, Andrea Axt, a long-time friend and listener, approached NCPR with a request: could we figure out a way to share the story of Elisheva (unknown last name) whose diary had been passed along to Andrea during a return visit to her native Poland. Elisheva, a young Jewish woman who grew up in Stanislawow, had kept a diary of her day to day life as conditions deteriorated for Polish Jews during World War II. The diary had been found--and kept--by a non-Jewish man who had known Andrea's family for years. Unable to get the diary published in Poland, which was part of the Soviet bloc, he entrusted the diary to Andrea. Andrea authenticated the diary through Elie Wiesel's organization, and brought it to NCPR. Later, in Israel, the second chapter of the story unfolded and reinforced the rightness of our decision to take on this project. "Elisheva's Diary" was distributed nationally in 1994 and is still available for free download or use on other organization's web sites.  Go to full article

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