The book reveals how older generations of Anne's family experienced antisemitism and lived in conditions similar to the ghettos that Nazi Germany would put in place during World War II. Pressler does a great job weaving what was found in the various letters, poetry and photography with a narrative that is back with strong research on the history and culture of Germany and Switzerland through the different generations.
Also, though it's not explicitly mentioned, the book also explains why there is even a Diary of Anne Frank in the first place. We learn that the Frank family, as a whole, were writers, documenting life through letters and poems on special occasions. The one handy tool is the family tree in the supporting material in the back of the book.
The one criticism of the book that it is tough to get into initially because of all the different folks the book reveals in a short period of time -- you end up spending a lot of time trying to connect the dots. I have been very interested in Anne Frank since I first learned about her as a young girl.
I can't believe that I never thought about the rest of the family. I think I just assumed that the entire family perished. Happily, I was wrong. I think that this is a wonderful story about those who knew Anne personally. It's wonderful that her cousin and his wife are still alive and are able to share these memories with us.
It' I have been very interested in Anne Frank since I first learned about her as a young girl. It's amazing that Jews in Switzerland were safe, and yet they were persecuted in every country surrounding them. What's even more amazing is that the Jews in Switzerland had no idea what was going on around them. It's far worse that it was murder. I enjoyed all of the stories about Anne's family. It was interesting to read about Otto Frank's life after he came back from Auschwitz. I'm glad that he did find some happiness. He fulfilled his destiny to keep Anne's memory alive.
Highly recommend Jan 21, Karen Blinn rated it really liked it.
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Unbeknownst to most people, Anne Frank's paternal grandmother as well as two of her uncles and her two cousins lived relatively unscathed lives in Switzerland while World War II sucked the life out of the Otto Frank family. Originally from Germany, the family had migrated to Switzerland, France, England and the Netherlands as the four brothers tried to escape the Nazi influence. The Netherlands proved the worst choice, and Anne, Margot and Edith Frank lost their lives as a result. But, before a Unbeknownst to most people, Anne Frank's paternal grandmother as well as two of her uncles and her two cousins lived relatively unscathed lives in Switzerland while World War II sucked the life out of the Otto Frank family.
But, before and after that time, lots of letters were written between these widely scattered relatives.
And those letters that went to Switzerland were bundled up and stored in an attic, where they stayed unmolested for years until the wife of Anne's first cousin, Buddy, found them and realized their importance. Using those letters and other bits of family history materials, the lives of the Frank family has been reconstructed in this fascinating book which includes lots of pictures.
The story basically takes the reader to the present-day. If you like history, you will find this a fascinating read. Highly recommended. May 18, Freda Mans-Labianca rated it it was amazing. If you read The Diary of Anne Frank, such as I did, you know what a wonderful girl she was in one of the worst time in history.
Who wouldn't want to know where she came from?! Anne Frank's story stayed with me most of my life, since reading her story as a child. It resonated deep in my soul, how strong not only this girl, but those in her family hiding with her. Now I know where she gets it from. Her family has been through so much, and sti If you read The Diary of Anne Frank, such as I did, you know what a wonderful girl she was in one of the worst time in history. Her family has been through so much, and still maintaining a high amount of dignity along the way.
This family is one that is easy to read about and fall in love with. Yes there is a few heart wrenching moments, but those moments show who these people really are as well. A definite good read! May 16, Pam rated it really liked it. I have been reading quite a few books dealing with the holocaust this year and when I saw this audio book about Anne Frank's family, I decided to listen to the family's story. I can only advise you to read the book and skip the audio book.
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Not that the orator does not do a good job but the book is filled with pictures and notes from the Frank family. It is easier to follow using the book with the aid of a family tree. And it is clearer to me who was writing the letters to whom. My only complaint I have been reading quite a few books dealing with the holocaust this year and when I saw this audio book about Anne Frank's family, I decided to listen to the family's story. My only complaint was that the story jumped around from different time periods.
The family was persecuted for much of its history and immeasurable sadness existed through much of their lives. I would recommend this book. Jun 14, Leslie Zampetti rated it liked it. Readers who wish to know more about Anne's extended family, their lives during and after the war, and most especially, Otto Frank's life after the war should pick this up.
Literally a treasure trove of letters amongst the family was found in the Elias house in Basel, Switzerland, leading to this in-depth examination of the family that produced a little girl who became the voice of the Hol Pressler's collaboration with Gerti Elias has resulted in a wonderful companion to The Diary of Anne Frank. Literally a treasure trove of letters amongst the family was found in the Elias house in Basel, Switzerland, leading to this in-depth examination of the family that produced a little girl who became the voice of the Holocaust to millions of people. Those expecting to find more information on Anne herself should turn to one of the many biographies - this book focuses solely on her relationships with her extended family.
Dec 01, Linda Marie Marsh rated it really liked it. Anne Frank Her family. Those who knew her best and maybe not as well as they thought? Replete with long lost photos and personal letters, this close-knit family held tight to one another dating back to the 's. However the book focuses mainly on Anne's great grandparents, grandparents and c Anne Frank However the book focuses mainly on Anne's great grandparents, grandparents and cousins.
She becomes real. Which somehow makes her story even sadder. An interesting book full of information about Anne Frank's family. Her aunt, cousin, grandmother, and great-grandmother are all explored in detail through letters, diary entries, and photos found in a house after WWII. It was really interesting to hear the thoughts and fears of the family members as they realized the danger Anne's family was in while they were in hiding which was never officially conveyed to the family, just hinted at in a birthday card.
I was particularly moved by the letters An interesting book full of information about Anne Frank's family. I was particularly moved by the letters between Otto Frank and his sister, after Otto returned from Auschwitz. Apr 29, Edward rated it it was amazing. Puts the Anne Frank story into the perspective of her family's history. I've owned this book for probably five years at least but it has taken me until now to read it. Very worthwhile, and I very much liked it. There are some chapters that are written in a "fiction-style" as I like to call it, which I'm not a huge fan of, since the book overall is not historical fiction - so I'm not interested in fictional dialogue being presented when I know it is unlikely that scene happened ever?
The book is split into three parts focusing on three members of Anne Frank's family I've owned this book for probably five years at least but it has taken me until now to read it. The book is split into three parts focusing on three members of Anne Frank's family her paternal grandmother, her aunt, and her cousin but all three people bleed into each of the parts, and also have times of focusing on Otto Frank's life. As someone who wants to read more about Otto Frank's life - and is constantly searching for more information on him - I enjoyed those parts, but it sometimes felt out of place from a book that was supposed to be focusing on Anne's extended family.
The book made me emotional near the end, when it focused on her cousin, Buddy Elias' life, as the book was published prior to his death in He was the last family member alive to have known Anne Frank personally, and this quote in particular made me emotional: view spoiler ["He sometimes thinks about the fact that he is the only member of Anne's family left who knew her when she was alive-the real Anne, the mercurial, rebellious, imaginative girl she once was. One day he will take these memories with him to the grave, and when he and the people who knew Anne as a schoolmate and friend are gone, only Anne Frank the icon will be left: a symbol for the one and half million Jewish children who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
We don't know what Anne Frank would have done with her life if she had lived, but if she had lived, would we have known about Anne Frank? Overall, I highly enjoyed the book, and would suggest it to anyone wanting to read more about Anne Frank's history, beyond that of her life. I grabbed this book as soon as I saw it. But when it arrived, I didn't want to read it. I feared it would be too heartbreaking. It turned out to be just the opposite, however.
Reading about Anne Frank's life before the war and reading about her family's life after the war, knocked the Nazis a bit out of her life story.
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She had a happy life before the Nazis took over, and her surviving family found happiness after the Nazis were gone. That's what I will think about now when I think about Anne Frank. Not to forget the Nazis and what they did, but to focus on good, caring people instead. They could have hid in Switzerland and survived the war. Apr 04, Crystal rated it it was amazing.
I listened to this audio book, and I'm so glad I did! I got so much more out of hearing human voices relate this story. It was amazing! The books goes into detail, based on letters and other paraphernalia found in the attic of Anne's cousin and his wife in Indulge in specialized services featuring herbs from our garden and honey from our on-site apiary. Learn More. Flexible space, extraordinary surroundings, and exceptional service combine to offer the perfect venue. Join us every Thursday in The Attic and meet local beer, wine and cidermakers. Come hang out with us in The Attic.
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