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Faith

Butte, MT, United States

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  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 40 titles in library
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  • The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    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.

    Michelle says: "Sad , true story"
    "Interesting story"
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    I thought this was an interesting story, but it was confusing where it started and then went back to earlier childhood days. I had to look up the story on the internet to better understand it. I really wish the book had explained a little more on how and where she met her husband. I think it would have been better for the story to start with her husband asking about her past and then going back to explain her childhood. When you listen to the book, you don't know until the very end that she didn't tell her husband about her past for 40 years- which is an important detail of the story. I am glad that she finally did tell her story, because we should all try to prevent such horrible things from happening again. We shouldn't pretend that they didn't happen and wouldn't happen again. Evil can sneak up on you and trap you. We should remember that communists and Nazis are all basically autocratic socialists that cause the same kind of suffering and that we should appreciate the Judeo-Christian (non-socialist) governments that gave the Holocaust victims freedom. We should remember the lessons of history and avoid fascism, socialism, and communism. God bless the nuns who saved Nonna! I listened to The Nazi Officer's Wife right before this story- they go together well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flory: A Miraculous Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Flory A. Van Beek
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Like Anne Frank, Flory Van Beek was a young girl caught in the ruthless Nazi occupation of Holland. But Flory survived to recount her extraordinary story of persecution and survival. Flory and her husband, Felix, endured the sinking of a ship bound for safety in the New World, the increasing danger of the occupation, and finally a life in hiding. This inspiring account vividly captures the terror of the Holocaust while telling a poignant story of love and courage.

    D. Hurley says: "Inspiring Story"
    "Flory is a good story."
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    Performance
    Story

    Flory is a good story. I listened to it after I listened to the Nazi Officer's Wife. I thought the Catholics who helped the Jews in Holland were awesome. I think Jews in Holland had more support from the public than the Jews in Germany. It is fortunate that Flory married a German man, because it was helpful for him to know how to speak German so well. Everyone should read about what it was like to live with the Nazis in control, because Nazis are Socialists and not so different from Communists. Many Americans and Europeans think socialism is ok, but they should look at what socialism was like in history and what America was like in the beginning. We need to avoid repeating the type of history that happened with the Nazis.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

    Sara says: "An interesting perspective"
    "Explains what Nazi Germany was really like."
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    I thought this was a pretty good story, but it did not explain some things very well. For example, when Edith's husband came back, it did not give his name. He just said, "It's me." It would have just taken a few seconds to tell his name. I had to look up her story on the internet to understand some of the details.

    This story does explain what it was like to live under such tyranny. Edith and her friends had to frequently lie and hide just to survive. She thought it would be better with the communists, but it was actually worse. We should all try to prevent such horrible things from happening again. We shouldn't pretend that they didn't happen and wouldn't happen again. Evil can sneak up on you and trap you. We should remember that communists and Nazis are all basically autocratic socialists that cause the same kind of suffering and that we should appreciate the Judeo-Christian (non-socialist) governments that gave the Holocaust victims freedom. We should remember the lessons of history and avoid fascism, socialism, and communism. I listened to Nona Bannister's story after this one- they go together well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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