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From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps

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Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary—one of only a handful ever translated into English—secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize 1922) was held captive for the duration of the war in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany.

Nansen’s diary entries detail his palpable longing for his wife and family, his constantly frustrated hopes for release, the quiet strength and sometimes ugly prejudices of his fellow prisoners, and his horror at the especially barbaric treatment reserved for the Jews. The diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate.

First published in English in 1949, From Day to Day has been out of print for almost  seventy years. The new edition contains entries and sketches never previously available in English. It also features a new introduction and extensive annotations by Timothy Boyce and a preface by Thomas Buergenthal, whose life (as a ten year-old) Nansen saved while in Sachsenhausen, later recounted in his own memoir A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy.

“Extraordinary diary . . . stunning illustrations. . . . Timothy Boyce’s Introduction frames the diary beautifully . . . and his extensive editorial notes provide guideposts along the way.”

Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History, Clark University
Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
author of Flight from the Reich

INTERVIEW AT THE NORWEGIAN EMBASSY

‘NYBERG’ INTERVIEW

 

I had the pleasure of being interviewed on August 2 by newscaster Ann Nyberg for her nightly show, called “Nyberg,” to discuss From Day to Day. Ann also anchors the 6 and 10 o’clock newscasts for WTNH News 8, and ABC-affiliated television station in New Haven, CT. Portions of the interview appeared on the evening news the following day, and the full interview can be seen here.

 

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On This Date

< 2020 >
May
  • 07

    All day
    May 07, 2020-May 02, 2021
    Germany surrenders to Allies
  • 08

    All day
    May 08, 2020-May 03, 2021
    V-E Day. Allied military mission arrives in Norway to coordinate German capitulation.
  • 09

    All day
    May 09, 2020-May 04, 2021
    Vidkun Quisling arrested
  • 11

    11:03 AM
    May 11, 2020-May 05, 2021
    Thomas Buergenthal born in Ĺubochňa, Czechoslovakia
  • 13

    All day
    May 13, 2020-May 07, 2021
    Odd Nansen’s father Fridtjof Nansen dies at Polhøgda (age 68)
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