Stolen Voices: Young People’s War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq, by Zlata Filipovic, is an incredible testament to war, written through the eyes of the youth of past generations.
I was impressed by the various individual writings, and how their thoughts and feelings filled the pages of the book. From the United States and Russia, to Lithuania, Poland, Israel and Iraq, to mention a few, the diary entries give the reader a harsh look at war, and how it affected those young people in ways we can not begin to imagine. Fear is an understatement to their mindsets.
Aside from the cultural aspect, the innocence of youth shines through. Yet, so does the questioning and wondering illuminate. So many questions, unanswered, and the answers still are unanswerable, today. The tragedies forced upon children and young adults of all backgrounds, with no borders left out, is intensely written. The sadness and worry, the fears and anxieties are vivid depictions, depictions no young person should have to endure or be subject to.
The youthful writings are not only filled with fear of the known and unknown, but fear for their family members. The writings are indicative of youthful dreams and hopes, youthful insecurities amidst an environment of hardships unimaginable. Starvation, poverty, living conditions, survival and more were at the forefront of their minds. The human condition with all of its indignities, and how society treats those who are downtrodden or selected for abuse is prevalent.
It is an eye-opener to read what these young individuals, from varied backgrounds and cultures, wrote regarding war and its affects. I highly recommend Stolen Voices: Young People’s War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq, by Zlata Filipovic to both the youth of today and adults of all ages.
There is much to be learned through the eyes of the young…the maturity level was beyond their years. I feel that this poignant book belongs in every personal and public library.