Michael Kraus began writing his diary while still living in his childhood home in Náchod, Czechoslovakia. With the rise of Nazism, he was plunged deeper into the horrors of the Holocaust. Michael continued his writing while interned in the Terezín Ghetto. Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, his belongings, including the diary were taken from him. After his liberation at Mauthausen concentration camp, Michael continued his writing, picking up where he left off, but now with a new perspective on his experiences.
The memoir which accompanies the teacher’s guide and supporting student’s guide includes not only his thoughts before and during the Holocaust, but also upon his return to Náchod and the rebuilding of his life and family. This memoir is written from the rare vantage point of someone immediately after surviving the Holocaust. These thoughts, expressed through word and art, are a window into the mind of a young boy trying to survive the concentration camp universe- a journey that took him through the Terezín Ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Mauthausen.