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We, as historians, teachers, and students, mine them for historical information and ﬁnd it in the
details. What did people eat? How did they communicate? What were their concerns? What were
their reprieves and joys? What surprises of daily life are contained within that we might not
assume or imagine from our perspective 60 years or more into the future?
For many, diaries are more than paper on which to collect thoughts. Some people give their
diary a name, making it a special conﬁdant. To read somebody’s diary is to enter what is often a
very private world. Some hide their diaries from their own families; others save them for years
to share as a record of their own lives. In recording the events of their lives, diarists explore
their own relationship to the world around them. The author Joan Didion explains, “I write
entirely to ﬁnd out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I
want and what I fear.”
The diaries in I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People During the Holocaust c...
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