The book focuses on the traumatic dimension of the Holocaust and how it is expressed (or left unexpressed) in children's diaries. Children have a specific perception of the Holocaust: it did not destroy their earlier world view, becoming instead the field of first experiences.
Justyna Kowalska-Leder is an assistant professor in the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. Her main field of interests are Polish memory of the Holocaust, Polish-Jewish relations during World War II and personal documents written by Jews during the German Occupation. She has also won the FNP Award of Excellence for a monograph, Foundation for Polish Science (2009) and the Majer Balaban Medal of Distinction for the best doctoral dissertation, organised by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw (2010).