The Secret WWII Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen

Presented by Timothy Boyce

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. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize, 1922), was held captive in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. This inspiring diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity. After having been out of print for over 60 years, Timothy Boyce, attorney, and writer rescued the diary from oblivion after reading the memoir of another Holocaust survivor, whose life, as a 10-year-old boy, was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen.

Through selected readings, Mr. Boyce will explain who Nansen was, why he was arrested, why he wrote the diary, how he preserved it, and why this diary is as important today as it was when first written.

This Zoom event is free of charge and open to the public. You can register to receive a link to attend the talk below.

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In partnership with Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC)



Thu. February 4, 2021


 7:00 pm


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