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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade; 1st edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590907220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590907224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Readers of Anne Frank's diary "will be grateful for the fuller picture" rendered through the recollected wartime experiences of Frank's best friend, said PW's starred review; "Gold brings home the painful truths that Frank has come to symbolize." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8. This moving story of Anne Frank's neighbor and friend, Hannah Elizabeth Pick-Goslar, recounts the tragedy of World War II through a young girl's eyes. It does not take the form of a diary, but rather Gold puts into words Hannah's reminiscences of her childhood in Amsterdam and fills in the gaps of what happened to Anne after her diary ended. The account traces the childhood friendship of the two girls from the time Anne disappeared to the removal of Hannah and her family to concentration camps. The narrative also tells of the brief meeting between Anne and Hannah at Bergen-Belsen shortly before Anne's death. The girls met at a fence, risking death if caught, so that Hannah could give her beloved friend some food. The emotion and fear of the moment are fully realized. Although well told, this memoir often refers back to and relies on Hannah's connections to Anne, rather than letting Hannah's story stand on its own.?Allison Trent Bernstein, Blake Middle School, Medfield, MA
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Bio -- Alison Leslie Gold:

Alison Leslie Gold's writing on the Holocaust and World War II has received special recognition. Among those who have singled her out as a protector and chronicler of Holocaust experiences have been Elie Wiesel, who said of her: "Let us give recognition to Alison Gold. Without her and her talent of persuasion, without her writer's talent, too, this poignant account, vibrating with humanity, would not have been written." Isaac Bashevis Singer: "Beautifully written by a person who really cares for other human beings. Her simple style hypnotizes the reader. I recommend this book to all people who care about what is happening in the world..." Simon Wiesenthal: "...I'm aware of Alison Leslie Gold's outstanding writing ability...." Her works include Anne Frank Remembered, written with and about Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank and rescued Anne's diary and Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend, written for young people about Hannah "Lies" Goslar, Anne Frank's best friend, Both books have been international best sellers. Neither Miep nor Hannah had been willing to tell their entire stories until meeting Alison. She has also published A Special Fate, about Chiune Sugihara the little-known Japanese diplomat who saved 6,000 Jews and others during the war. Recently, having decided that she could no longer bare to immerse herself in stories of war or Holocaust, she published Fiet's Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945, 25 interviews with survivors, as her farewell to that subject matter. She has published a short work in the Cahier Series, Am. Univ. Paris/Sylph Editions "Lost and Found". In 2014 her new novel The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead will be published by Oneiro Press, UK. Her work has received awards ranging from the Best of the Best Award given by the American Library Association, to a Merit of Educational Distinction Award by the ADL, and a Christopher Award for affirming the highest values of the human spirit, among others. She has also published literary fiction including Clairvoyant and The Devil's Mistress which was nominated for the National Book Award. She divides her time between Manhattan, an island in Greece and a hide-away in British Columbia.
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I really liked this book and I hope that other people who read it will like it too.
Memories of Anne Frank Reflections of a Childhood friend By Alison Leslie Gold Memories of Anne Frank was one of the most emotional books I've ever read in my life.
This book is great for people who have read about Anne Frank and would like more information about her and her short, but impacting life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Erica on September 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Anne Frank didn't exist in a vacuum. She had friends, some mentioned in her diary. One of these was Hannah Gosler, "Lies" in Anne's writings. Now Hannah Gosler has set down her childhood memories of both Anne and her own terrifying experiences during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Mrs. Pick-Gosler's odyssey is every bit as astonishing as Anne's.
The book begins with the Franks' disappearance and careens headlong into the Goslers' own nightmare. Somehow, Hannah manages to keep hold of her toddler sister Gabi even as the rest of her family dies--in pieces, member by member. There is the heartrending chance reunion with Anne through an Auschwitz fence mentioned in the Afterward of Anne's diary. And finally the end of the war and surreal "liberation"...from a Nazi cattle car, with Auschwitz survivors staggering out into a deserted snowy field, almost senseless with illness and starvation, their guards having fled.
Parents should be both warned and assured: this beautiful book doesn't flinch from brutal fact, but in Ms. Gold's deft hand the language manages to convey information without any morbidity. And the haunting photographs are a precious inclusion. We see little Anne, dark eyes laughing, against the backdrop of her Amsterdam appartment building. Hannah grows up before our eyes in a series of photos taken against this same wall. There is one photo of Hannah holding little Gabi, and it's shocking to know this is the same child she managed to keep alive through the Nazi concentration camps.
But the most heartbreaking photo is on the back of the book. Nine beautiful little girls line up, arms around shoulders, smiling in pretty party dresses. It's Anne's birthday.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Ryberg on March 4, 2002
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This book is wonderfull. It tells the story of one of the secondary characters in Anne's diary, Hannali (ie Lies) Gosens.
It's true that it focuses mostly on Hannah, but that's the way it should be. It fills in many of the essential holes in Anne's story and tells us what happened to their other friend Sanna ....
If you like this one, I also recommend Eva's Story. It's the story of Anne's posthumous step-sister (her mom married Otto after the war). It's true that the parents never met, but Eva had been over to the Frank House many times and was even at ther birthday party where they watched Rin Tin Tin (or whatever the movie was) and Anne got her diary. Both books provide valuable instight and are necessary to the understanding of Anne Frank.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fippy on September 6, 2005
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Even though Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend was written in the 1990s, it portrays the horrors of the Holocaust as vividly as if Hannah Goslar, Anne's childhood best friend, had been describing her whole story just when she was liberated of Bergen-Belsen almost half a century before, in 1945.

This book is basically a journey through Hannah's life during, before, and even a bit after World War II, taking us to the various concentration camps she was sent to. Probably the most touching scene is when Hannah miraculously finds Anne, a few months before she died, at Bergen-Belsen. Anne had believed Hannah to be long dead, as she once wrote an entry in her diary stating that she felt tremendously guilty for Hannah's suffering. Ironically, it turned out to be the other way around, and Anne was the one to die instead.

I found it incredibly hard not to let go off a few tears when I read about the deaths of Hannah's loved ones, one by one. Each was as sad as the previous one, and I cannot immagine how Hannah found the strength to survive and ultimately to go on with her life in those harsh circumstances. Undoubtedly, that took real courage.

I believe Alison Gold did a pretty good job in telling the world Hannah's story, even though at times, I did not quite like her writing style because I found it too simple, which is just misleading, because this book is not a light read at all. Other than that, I found her descriptions to be good but thankfully not too graphic.

I really enjoyed Hannah's personal photographs at the middle of the book. I felt like each and every single one of them was telling me a whole new story, and it was disturbing to know how many people pictured did not manage to survive this whole atrocity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on August 6, 2003
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Wow! this book was so GREAT! I couldn't put it down. I read it after I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, which I absolutely loved, too. I enjoyed learning more about Anne Frank and her life. I also liked the pictures. This is one of my favorite books. You have to read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A 12-year old reader on January 30, 2002
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I liked this book because it takes you through timeless journey that helps you understand the living and lives of the Jews and the Nazi. How the harsh punishment and cruelty treatment was by a friend's point of view. This book is very detail and includes everything you need to know about Annie Frank and her relationship with her family and friends. This book also tells you about the struggles and hardship on trying to hide and saving your life.
I also liked this book because not only is it heart riveting but also it focuses on a real based living of a young teenage girl that lived a normal life until she had to meet up to the Nazi's need. This story also focuses on a strong point of view of a teenager's life and what they deal with everyday. A diary of an intelligent teenager is now a published novel.
My favorite part in this book is when the Nazi find some of the Jewish hiding and the Nazi finds some of them and send them off in the train. I also like the part when the author explain how they had a certain way of living and the standards of clothes they wore and the lifestyle they lived in. Why I liked this part in the book was because it showed passion and gives a big thump in our heart that makes us want to show them pity and sadness.
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