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This site provides information about Dawid Sierakowiak and the five notebooks he wrote in the Łódź (Litzmannstadt) ghetto.

"People say, 'Oh, the Holocaust. It's so depressing...'

But when you are exposed to these materials, as one is when you read this diary, you begin to feel charged with the same energy of life. And that's what this diary speaks of. It speaks of the best of the human spirit, even as the worst and most destructive of our human potential is coming to bear on the people who wrote these materials."
Alan Adelson, Views, ABC TV


Dawid Sierakowiak begins his teenage journal in June 1939, more than two months before Germany starts World War II. He hikes at a summer camp for Jewish youths in southern Poland. Upon his return to his parents and sister in Łódź, he notes the deteriorating situation: German threats against British and French assurances. Hitler will not dare, he thinks.

The rest is unfathomable history, told by Dawid so directly, so truthfully, it now belongs to the Holocaust literary canon. Dawid's testimony is available in his native Polish and international editions. Featured in the permanent exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it is also endorsed by the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and narrates the acclaimed Łódź Ghetto feature film.

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The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak