Yitzchak Rudashevski was held within the Vilna Ghetto during World War II. Yitzchak is only 15 years old when he is shot and killed during the Ponary massacre. He was a young writer who wrote about his experiences during World War II, and his eventual capture into the ghetto. Yitzchak often wrote about his love for the Red Army in his diary, and as such his youthful aspirations would be cut short. Yitzchak was able to join clubs within the ghetto for literature and other interests he had, but they would get cut short when the Nazis began to crackdown on the ghetto. Yitzchak was a fighter in and out, and his writing was always geared towards the reality versus fiction. He recognized the suffering, but he tried his best to prepare for the future.
A keynote in Rudashevski’s diary is how he approaches the lives of those he loved. He wrote several eulogies in his diary that describe the lives of those he respected and were lost at the hands of the Nazis. Rudashevski’s intelligence shows through his understanding of the situation in the Vilna Ghetto and also in his resistance and desire to learn.
 Yitzchak Rudashevski – The Diary of the Vilna Ghetto: June 1941 – April 1943 – Publisher: Ghetto Fighter’s House