Carolyn Tomlin, one of the authors of the book, “The Secret Holocaust Diaries,” visited Bethel University this past week to share with students about Nonna Bannister, the heroine of her non-fiction book. Bannister, was a Russian-born aristocrat whose life fell apart when the Nazis invaded Russia. Bannister hid her holocaust diaries in her Tennessee home for decades until sharing them with her husband, Henry, before her death. Published for the first time, Bannister’s journals reveal the trauma the 14-year-old suffered when the Nazis murdered her parents. The book also reveals lessons Bannister learned about forgiveness amid the brutality of a concentration camp.
Tomlin, who co-authored “The Secret Holocaust Diaires” with Denise George, also signed copies of the book, which had been assigned reading for Bethel freshmen.
Here, Tomlin poses with some of the students who had read her book (l to r): Christopher Ray of Huntingdon; Jordan Todd of Buchanan; Tomlin; Joseph Whitmore of Lakeland, Fla.; and Brandon Reagan of Knoxville.