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Anne Frank: Reflections on Her Life and Legacy Paperback – December 20, 1999

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"An important publication and a must for every library." -- Choice "Belongs on your bedside table. We need to remember, we need to discuss, we need to forever keep sight of the tragic message that Anne's life and diary have engraved upon our hearts and minds." - April M. Leo, The Bloomsbury Review "The first section includes incredibly moving, but relatively straightforward accounts of Anne Frank's life. The other three sections, though, address more complex questions - how to interpret Anne Frank as a writer, as a character in theater and film depictions, and as a symbol of the Holocaust itself. Strong consensus exists on the power of the diary, which is described by various authors as the source of truths about humanity, as 'an intimate account of adolescence,' and as a window into the soul of a 'young, eager, difficult, lovable self' whose diary tells the story of 'her growth as an artist." - H-Women, H-Net Reviews "A superb collection of essays, reviews, and considerations of the legacy of an amazing young woman and her powerful diary... A wonderful resource... Highly recommended for anyone who teaches the Holocaust." -- Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Multicultural Review ADVANCE PRAISE: "I gladly endorse Anne Frank: Reflections on Her Life and Legacy. [The authors] have composed a book showing the importance of Anne Frank's role in today's world by using an unusually wide range of documents, diaries, reviews, and presentations. This remarkable book should be widely read and used, especially wherever the Holocaust in general, and Anne Frank's story in particular, are taught." - Jack Polak, Dutch holocaust survivor (Bergen-Belsen) and Chairman- Emeritus, Anne Frank Center U.S.A. "An exceptionally valuable collection of documents and essays on Anne Frank's life, death, and legendary afterlife. It is the most comprehensive volume I know of about a subject of great importance and enduring interest." - Lawrence Graver, author of An Obsession with Anne Frank: Meyer Levin and the Diary "This useful and varied collection conveniently assembles all the materials pertinent to Anne Frank's emergence as a cultural icon. Readers familiar with the diary will welcome the historical documentation of her life before and after the events she recorded." - Michael Shapiro, director of the Drobny Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (December 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252068238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252068232
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Barkley on November 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
As part of my effort to learn my role as the dentist in the 1955 version of the play at the local junior college, I read some 14 or 15 books by and about Anne Frank and this one capped my study quite nicely. I recommend it as the one to read after "The Definitive Edition" (or the fascinating "Critical Edition", if you're up to that), Willy Lindwer's "The Last Seven Months", Melissa Muller's "Anne Frank: The Biography", Miep Gies' "Anne Frank Remembered", and Eva Schloss' "Eva's Story". It's scholarly, well edited and footnoted, and has a fine bibliography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on July 11, 2005
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In this book the editors have selected thirty-one excerpts from various writings about Anne Frank and collected them together under four basic ideas: Anne's life, Anne as a writer, Anne on stage & screen and Anne in relationship to the Holocaust. Overall the selection of the writings is very good. They are of high quality and of varying points of view, particularly with reference to the last three sections of the book.

For example, there is considerable difference of opinion to Anne's ability as a writer, some find her skills exceptional while others think her ability overrated despite her impact. Better known are the arguments over whether the play and movie produced from Anne's diary truly reflected the "real" Anne. Then there are the arguments, growing in recent years, as to whether Anne's diary is an "accurate" or "important" portrayal of the Jewish experience during the Holocaust. I may not agree with Lawrence L. Langer's assessment that the diary is not a "vital text" of the Holocaust but seeing his point of view allows me to think a little deeper about my own position. And therein lies the book's real strength.

Ultimately, though the excerpts are brief and it's easy to plow through them rather quickly, this book can open one's eyes. Some of the material I had read before in other places but I was very glad to encounter the wide points of view that the editors were able to gather. The fact that Anne's single work still has the power to generate such scholarship 60 years later seems to point out its continuing importance in our experience.
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By Kasia on May 1, 2013
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Delivery was successful for my godchild as a birthday gift. Delivery had to go to another state..and did so without any problems.
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