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Girl with Two Landscapes: The Wartime Diary of Lena Jedwab, 1941-1945

Lena Jedwab Rozenberg, translated by Solon Beinfeld, with a foreword by Irena Klepfisz, and an introduction by Jan T. Gross
Girl with Two Landscapes: The Wartime Diary of Lena Jedwab, 1941-1945
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1427-8
1992/290 pages/LC: 2002068864
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"An insightful, beautifully written entry into the world of a Jewish teen at a time of ultimate stress."—Jewish Book World

"Girl with Two Landscapes is an incredibly important and highly prized addition to Judaic Studies and Holocaust literature."—Midwest Book Review

"Like Anne Frank, Etty Hillesum and Hannah Senesh, Lena Jedwab kept a diary during World War Two. Unlike them, she survived the Holocaust. Indeed, she was part of the largest group of European Jews to escape: between 1941 and 1945, an estimated 250,000 Eastern European Jews found refuge from the Nazis in the Soviet Union. Her journal is an important contribution to understanding this little-known aspect of Holocaust History. Originally published in Yiddish in 1999, it has been masterfully translated by Solon Beinfeld, with helpful introductions by Irena Klepfisz and Jan Gross."—Women’s Review of Books

"The articulate voice of this talented teenager has now been translated into English ... providing a wider audience for a remarkable diary that documents [Lena's] despair as well as her fierce determination to live and thrive."—Jewish Currents


In June 1941, sixteen-year-old Lena Jedwab left her home in Poland and arrived at summer camp in Russia—just as Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Stranded in a children's home in Russia, she began to keep a diary, eloquently chronicling her experiences as she confronted the turmoil and terror of war, the unknown fate of her family (killed by the Nazis at Treblinka), and her own precarious future.

Lena wrote in Yiddish, not only because it was her mother tongue, but also as a conscious effort to maintain her Jewish identity. Her writing shows exceptional literary talent, full of subtlety and sensitivity; by using that talent she has left us a moving testimony to some of history's darkest days.