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“This book breathes new life into our view of Anne Frank, whom until now we could only see through the prism of her diary.” —Süddeutsche Zeitung
 
“A gripping family saga . . . full of dazzling and colorful characters.” —Brigitte
 
“Pressler’s lucid account . . . provides an insight into an almost forgotten world . . . [and]  sheds new light on the touching persona of Anne Frank.” —Die Zeit
 
“Their story is the story of countless others and remains required reading.” —The Sunday Times (London)

About the Author

MIRJAM PRESSLER is one of Germany’s most beloved authors. She was the German translator of Anne Frank’s diary.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307739414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307739414
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mirjam Pressler is a beloved German author, and the award-winning translator of Anne Frank's Diary. She organized these notes and letters and adds in some information about what others of that day would have been doing or wearing or were thinking, so that Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family reads as a continuous narrative, not just a series of letters. Gerti and Buddy were additional sources that she used for clarification.

At first it was hard for me to get into, especially the audiobook version, because I was trying to make connections and draw the lines on the family tree, but then I relaxed and let myself enjoy the stories of this warm, loving and silly family, going all the way back into the late 1800's. We learn that other relatives placed importance on keeping a record of their thoughts via a journal. It's grave to consider the likelihood that Anne would never have journaled her time in hiding from the Nazis were it not such a valued habit in the family.

After the somewhat slow start (just because it wasn't connected to the time period that I associate with Anne Frank), bits of information about the prejudice against Jews throughout Europe begins to surface. And here's the real irony -- though Jewish by birth, the Frank family was quite secular in practice, even celebrating Christmas as a holiday, and not even attending temple on the high holy days.

Less than halfway through brings us to the low point in Otto Frank's life, as we find out that Edith, Anne, and Margot have all died, as we wrote letters and telegrams back home after he and the other concentration camp inmates were freed by Russia (a fact that was new to me).
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Have you ever wondered about how much a well-known person is impacted by his or her family? Or have you ever wondered how the renowned person had an impact on his or her family? We see answers to both questions in this book.

"Anne Frank's Family" is based on a large number of letters and photographs discovered by Buddy Elias's (Anne's cousin's) wife Gerti in the attic of their home. This work is in three major parts. The first has to do with Anne's paternal grandmother Alice Stern Frank ; the second tells about her aunt Helene Elias, Otto Frank's (Anne's father's) sister. The third part, markedly the longest of the three, is about Buddy Elias, Anne's cousin, who is now the only living relative who actually knew Anne.

Readers can see both the impact Anne's family had on her, and her impact on the family. In Anne's diary, we see poetry written for special occasions, such as birthdays. This poetry was obviously a family tradition; we see several more such poems in "Anne Frank's Family." These poems also help readers see where Anne must have gotten the talent to write as well as she did at a young age.

But how did young Anne's life impact the lives of her family members? "Anne Frank's Family" shows the great affection and closeness of the members of the Frank family. Anne loved her family, and her family loved her. Her father, after his discovery of her diary, made it his life's work to publish the diary. After Otto Frank's death in 1980, cousin Buddy Elias took over leadership of the Anne Frank Fonds and made carrying on Anne's legacy very important in his life.
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Anne Frank is a symbol, a figure in history, and someone readers feel they know intimately through her diary. But she was also a kid, a member of a German Jewish family, some of whom survived the Holocaust.

This book provides the history of Anne's family, both for generations before the Holocaust and for the years afterward. It is based on a huge trove of family documents and letters discovered not too long ago in the attic of one of Anne's cousins.

The story is both interesting and banal...before the Holocaust. These are ordinarily interesting people, whose lives illustrate what circumstances were like for the large community of Jews in Germany and nearly places frome the mid-1800s on. There are photos, letters, and other documents, and more. After the Holocaust the emotional temperature rises, as we see how the survivors dealt with their losses and went on with their lives.

All good. But you must suspend your disbelief, as there are dozens of passages where dialog is quoted and feelings described that could not possibly have been found in the records. As a historian, this bothers me. The book would have been just fine without that stuff. It may not bother you.

So if you can look past such speculative decorations, you have an engaging history of early modern European Jewish life, and a rare detailed look at how Holocaust survivors picked up with their lives.
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This is a fascinating look at the extended family of Anne Frank told through letters, pictures and postcards exchanged between Helene and her brother, Otto, the father of Anne Frank. There are notes of joy and happiness mixed in with the despair and concern of the family that comes to realize that Otto's family is trapped by the Nazis and there is no way for them to find freedom. Most people know the story of Anne and her family, but I don't think anyone has ever documented the horror that her family went through and with the literal treasure trove of newly found documents that this all comes to light. Any history lover would love to have this book on their shelf.
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