My grandmother kept diaries as a teenager and I happened to get her diary from 1944-1946. I’m not sure what made my grandmother keep this one, but after she passed, it landed in my hands (with permission).
A bit about my grandmother:
My grandma was born Mary Jane Hummel in 1930, making her about 15 at the time of the diary. She was the youngest of seven (her oldest brother, Jack, was born in 1914) and came from a loud German family (as she told me anyway). She only had one older sister, Betty, who was four years older than her, the rest were all boys. I think the 1943 entries were actually by Betty and she probably gave the journal then to my grandmother.
She was a big movie buff and you’ll see that in her entries as she talks about movies she has seen and what star she loves at the moment. She was pretty much a normal teenager really – concerned about her hair, boys, and movie stars.
Here are the entries on her journal:
1943 (these are not written by my grandmother but are in the same journal)