- Hardcover: 267 pages
- Publisher: M Press (July 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595820000
- ISBN-13: 978-1595820006
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl's Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China Hardcover – September 28, 2004
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Except for descriptions of what she did and with whom during those years, there is little in-depth analysis of most of her relationship with other refugees. The end of the book is abrupt, she does not allow us the satisfaction of knowing what happened to some of her wartime friendships, such as the one with the important character, Yuan Lin. In a series of books about Jews surviving the war in Shang Hai, this tome adds valuable information though on from a rather limited viewpoint.
This book was a very fast read for me. I highly recommend this book to any who are interested in WWII.
Also, during this book there are two characters (the father and Yuan Lin) who provide great advice worth reading and taking in.
I so wished that there was more info about the actual life and daily happenings in our community called " Hongkew". Thank you for writing the book Ms. Bacon, your story is sweet. For most of us however, it is bittersweet.
The book covers the eight year period during which an aristocratic Jewish family fled Nazi occupied Germany to Japanese occupied Shanghai, only to be trapped in a detention center when Japan joined the German Axis.
Lest you think the subject might be depressing, let me assure you that it is quite the opposite. The courage, enthusiasm, and even humor that this family mustered to deal with their adversity is inspirational. I especially enjoyed how the author shared the spiritual insights she gained during this period. She blended her Jewish background with Catholic schooling, enhanced by teachings from a Buddhist monk and her own intuition. The result is that she could feel compassion for those who would victimize her. That's a lesson most of us can't achieve in a whole lifetime of petty annoyances. Yet, this young girl managed to love the enemy that treated her as a "sub-human" and "lowest form of life," to use her own terms.
I think this book would appeal to a wide variety of people at any age. Some of the images portrayed will stay with me forever- the bombings, the squalor, the beauty. The author's style vacillates between conversational and lyrical. The way she dealt successfully with the contrast between her former life of unimaginable opulence and then her ordeal with abject adversity was stunning. I already find myself taking guidance from her Buddhist teacher Yuan Lin who always reminded her, "Remember, it's all the same."