Using diaries she kept as a teenager, Janina Bauman describes the horror of the siege and surrender of Warsaw in 1939. Along with a curfew came raids, beatings and enforced moves into what the Nazis designated as the Jewish ghetto. Relatives and friends disappeared and food became scarce. Forever on the move to avoid deportation to the camps, escape to the "Aryan" side was followed by years of hiding, terror and finally hope.
Comfortable family life in Warsaw for the family of Janina Bauman (born 1926) was destroyed with the outbreak of war. She has worked in Polish film as a translator, researcher and script editor. She now lives in Leeds with her family.