From Day to Day

February 22, 2019

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary – one of only a handful ever translated into English – secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize, 1922), was held captive for the duration of the war in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. This inspiring diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity. Timothy Boyce learned about the out-of-print diary while reading a memoir written by Thomas Buergenthal, a 10 year-old Jewish boy whose life was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen.

Through selected readings, Boyce will explain who Nansen was, why he was arrested, why he wrote the diary, how he preserved it, and why this diary is as important today as it was when first written.


Timothy Boyce practiced law in CT and NC for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 13 countries. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Finance, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mr. Boyce, who currently lives in Tryon, NC with his wife Tara, two horses, two dogs, two cats and almost 5,000 books, retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing.

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