Stolen Voices

Stolen Voices

Young People’s War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq

Foreword by: Olara A. Otunnu
Edited by:
Edited by: Melanie Challenger

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143038719
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


From the author of the international bestseller Zlata’s Diary comes a haunting testament to how war’s brutality affects the lives of young people

Zlata Filipovic’s diary of her harrowing war experiences in the Balkans, published in 1993, made her a globally recognized spokesperson for children affected by military conflict. In Stolen Voices, she and co-editor Melanie Challenger have gathered fifteen diaries of young people coping with war, from World War I to the struggle in Iraq that continues today. Profoundly affecting testimonies of shattered youth and the gritty particulars of war in the tradition of Anne Frank, this extraordinary collection— the first of its kind—is sure to leave a lasting impression on young and old readers alike.

Stolen Voices

Stolen Voices

Foreword by: Olara A. Otunnu, Edited by: Zlata Filipovic, Edited by: Melanie Challenger


One of Zlata’s gifts lies in throwing a human light on intolerable events. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Zlata Filipovic
Introduction by Melanie Challenger

World War I, 1914-18
Piete Kuhr,
Germany, 1914-18 (12-16 years old)

World War II, 1939-45
Nina Kosterina,
Russia, 1936-41 (15-20 years old)
Inge Pollak, Austria/United Kingdom, 1939-42 (12-15 years old)
William Wilson, New Zealand, 1941 (21 years old)
Hans Stauder, Germany, 1941 (21 years old)
Sheila Allan, Singapore, 1941-45 (17-21 years old)
Stanley Hayami, United States, 1942-44 (17-19 years old)

Holocaust, 1939-45
Yitskhok Rudashevski,
Lithuania, 1940-42 (13-15 years old)
Clara Schwarz, Poland, 1942-44 (15-17 years old)

Vietnam War, 1964-73
Ed Blanco,
United States, 1967-68 (19-20 years old)

Balkans War, 1991-95
Zlata Filipovic,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1991-93 (11-13 years old)

Second Intifada, 2000-
Shiran Zelikovich,
Israel, 2002 (15 years old)
Mary Masrieh Hazboun, Palestine, 2002-4 (17-19 years old)

Iraq War, 2003-
Hoda Thamir Jehad,
Iraq, 2003-4 (18-19 years old)