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March 23, 2019
Sierakowiak’s diary becomes one of the key texts recommended to middle and high school teachers by Echoes & Reflections, an educational program sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. Ahead of the 2019 Holocaust Education Teachers Workshop at Purdue University Fort Wayne, the program’s deputy director Melissa Mott spoke with The Journal Gazette: “’. . . effectively teaching young people about the Holocaust means humanizing the history, telling the stories of individuals instead of stressing the horrific carnage and the staggering numbers. Those aspects have power, but only if we can instill empathy, first and foremost, through the human story.’ Echoes & Reflections, for instance, offers teachers the account of Dawid Sierakowiak, a Polish youth who kept a diary from the time his city of Lodz was taken over by the Germans in 1939 until his death in the Lodz ghetto four years later. Students reading his insightful but increasingly desperate entries are brought face to face with how a promising young life was wasted. ‘We want students to understand the power of one person. . . . We can concentrate on their lives and not on the deaths.’”


October 10, 2016
The Polish Book Institute in Kraków includes the Marginesy edition of the Diary in the short list of the latest 15 titles to globally promote Polish literature. Details in the Institute's Fall 2016 Catalog (#64, pages 57—60).


August 2, 2016
The second French edition of the Diary hits bookshelves on September 15, published by Éditions du Rocher.


July 28, 2015
The Diary returned this evening to Krościenko and Szczawnica in southern Poland, where Dawid began writing it in the summer of 1939, just before WW II. Here, he hiked with a group of other Jewish middle schoolers, enjoying their last vacation before Germany's aggression. At the Dworek Gościnny resort (Guest Manor), the area’s most prominent cultural center, Kamil Turowski introduced the first complete Polish edition of the Diary. The meeting, conducted by the center’s director, Agnieszka Pietruszka, lead to an animated discussion, reflecting on Dawid’s talents, enthusiasm and drive to keep making his daily entries, even after that last happy summer was long gone. Questions and answers also addressed the difficult history of efforts to publish the manuscript in its author’s homeland and the successes of international translations, now so well complemented by the outstanding Marginesy edition. The event concluded on a highly emotional note, with evocative interpretation of poems—odes to Poland—by Jewish authors, sung by troubadour, Jacek Telus.

▷  More about the meeting (Polish only).


April 10, 2015
Additional information about the Marginesy-Bonnier Books New Markets edition of Dawid Sierakowiak's Diary is featured in Polish at the publisher's website:

▷  w tv i radiu o "Dzienniku" (on TV & radio);
▷  opis i recenzje (description & reviews).


March 25, 2015 (Warszawa and Los Angeles)
Press release:

The first complete edition of Dawid Sierakowiak's diary from the Litzmannstadt ghetto, comes in the author's native language from Marginesy-Bonnier Books New Markets. The “homecoming” of the manuscript took more than 70 years to accomplish.

Dawid, a Polish Jewish teenager, died of hunger and exhaustion in 1943, in the Łódź ghetto in German occupied Poland. For decades, his personal notes remained locked away, rotting in a cellar. The complete record of his testimony finally sprang back to life in the 1990s, in high profile international editions. Parts of the Diary also narrate the
renowned documentary feature, Lodz Ghetto, and belong to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's permanent exhibition, as well as the Jewish Historical Institute's archives.

A series of meetings and events in Poland is set to honor Dawid and promote the publication. To follow their schedule or to initiate a new venue, please contact the publisher, or Kamil Turowski.

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The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak