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"I've got to save these two bites of bread for tomorrow morning, because if I am able to put two bites of bread into my stomach, then I can start the day. "
"The man was beaten for six days solid. I didn't know a human being could stand that. And he still didn't die."
"I couldn’t rest unless I told my story, we need to teach the world what went on."
In 1943, 14-year-old Rywka, living in Poland’s notorious Lodz Ghetto, began to record her thoughts and dreams in a precious diary. It was found in 1945 in Auschwitz but kept hidden in darkness for 70 years.
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