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The Secret Concentration Camp Diary Lecture with Author Timothy Boyce

Credits: Courtesy of the Bernards Township Library

Author Timothy Boyce will present a lecture titled “The Secret Concentration Camp Diary” at the Bernards Township Library on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm.

In 2010, Boyce, a retired North Carolina attorney, discovered From Day to Day: One Man's Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps, a WWII concentration camp diary by Norwegian Odd Nansen that had been out of print for over 60 years. He was so smitten by the work that he vowed to get it back into print, a commitment that led him to translate the book into English and undertake six years of research, including trips to Norway, before Vanderbilt University Press published his fully annotated and edited version of Nansen's book. Boyce will speak about how he stumbled upon this long-neglected work, his efforts to get the book republished, and what he learned along the way.

In 1942 Norwegian architect Odd Nansen was arrested by the Nazis and spent the remainder of the war in concentration camps. Through it all he kept a secret diary, recording his hopes and fears.  A best-seller in Norway in 1947, the diary was originally translated into English in 1949, but almost immediately fell into obscurity.  The diary illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate.

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Nansen’s family background, richly described in Boyce’s Introduction, frames this remarkable record. This aspect of the story will surely resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves so involved with a genealogy that they are researching someone else's family!  This FREE event is hosted by Bernards Township Library’s Family History Interest Group (FHIG) and open to all. Register at or call 908-204-3031 ext. 116. The Library is located at 32 S. Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

The Family History Interest Group (FHIG) provides opportunities for those interested in family history and genealogy to share information and experiences and be more successful in their search. For more information on FHIG please call the Library at 908.204.3031, ext. 4 or email

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