Warsaw Diary Offers Fascinating Look Into Jewish Girls’ Prewar Life

Girls dubbed diary 'book of life,' and wrote about their friendship, pains of adolescence, Zionist education, Hebrew language studies, and longing for Israel. In the end, only one of them survived Holocaust.

"Today there is Hebrew day,” Bracha Kuszmierz wrote in her elegant notebook, one day in 1929. Later on, she writes ‏(in Polish‏), “The voices could be heard already since the morning. Everyone must speak Hebrew, those are Chaim’s instructions. Whoever cannot speak Hebrew it would be better if they didn’t speak at all, certainly not in Polish. We must make an effort to use only the...