- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023011444X
- ISBN-13: 978-0230114449
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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“'Coster managed to track down several surviving classmates for reminiscing, revealing stories as freshly searing as when they first occurred. Several of the survivors who had also ended up in Bergen-Belsen, like Anne, actually spoke to her there, and were impressed by her conviction to survive the war. All speak of Anne's vivacity and spirit, although they reveal some resentment of her singular fame. Details reveal the enormous pressure on the children in hiding to be quiet and not make trouble, and the absolute lack of professional help after the war in easing the emotional trauma. The moving lore around the life of Anne Frank remains inexhaustible and eternal.'” ―Kirkus
“'This book introduces readers to a remarkable group of people who remember Anne as vain and generous, ordinary and creative, rebellious and precocious. Noting that the situation caused children to grow up quickly, this book becomes a tribute to their resilience. This is a wonderful chance for readers to learn more about Anne Frank as well as to meet other children who survived.'” ―Jewish Book World
“'A marvelous book which beautifully complements Anne Frank's diary. A must-read for anyone interested in the lives of Anne's Jewish contemporaries in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II.'” ―Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Chief Nazi-Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Author of Operation Last Chance: One Man's Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice
“'Anne Frank has become a universal symbol of the brutalised and extinguished innocence of childhood in the Holocaust. Yet the sheer scale of her legend tends to obscure the quite ordinary quality of her life as she lived it before going into hiding. By highlighting the experiences of those who shared her school days and survived the war, Theo Coster helps us to see Anne alive in her community, one child among the millions touched so dramatically by evil. Their tales of survival offer a poignant and inspiring contrast to Anne's horrifying death.'” ―Ben Barkow, Director, The Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History
About the Author
Theo Coster was a classmate and friend of Anne Frank at the Amsterdam Jewish Lyceum. A toymaker and game designer, he is executive producer of the documentary film The Classmates of Anne Frank. Coster has lived in Tel Aviv since 1955.
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I was worried when I started this book that it was going to be emotional draining like Night by Elie Wiesel. (Wonderful book, but heavy reading.) I could hardly finish the book because I was crying so much. I was relieved to find that We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates was a much lighter read. The author has taken a slightly different angle to share on this horrific event, which makes this a perfect book for introducing the Holocaust.
I do not usually like nonfiction, but I love nonfiction that reads like a novel. We All Wore Stars was divided into three sections: before, during, and after the war. Instead of focusing solely on the concentration camps, the book shares the memories of a group of Holocaust survivors (and classmates of Anne Frank). I found it so interesting to see how the different people spent their time in hiding (or not) during the war. It really is amazing to see how one event can affect so many in different ways. I was engrossed from the beginning. The writing style is casual, as if Mr. Coster was sitting on my couch recounting his tale, which makes this an easy to read book for all ages.
One of the most interesting elements of this book was the insight into the type of person Anne Frank was. She was described by her former classmates as flirty, vivacious, slightly conceited, and imprudent. Not at all the image I had in my head from her diary! The stories that they each share helps create an image of Anne Frank like none I've encountered before. Everyone knows her name and her story, but there has been little insight into the type of person she was before the war. Until now... But the memories and insight don't end with Anne. Her father was mentioned throughout the story as well. He was a remarkable man with a heart full of compassion. I admit I cried when I read how he reacted to the news that his girls died before the Liberation.
I wish I could find the words to fully describe this book and the impact it had on me. Unfortunately, there are no words that could come close to doing justice. One thing that I did take away from this book is that all of the people that were affected by the war are remarkable. Obviously, the fact that they survived these atrocities is amazing, but it's more than that. Given everything they have been through, none of them harbor hate. Not a single drop. The theme of circumstance is what you make of it runs throughout this book. These people have every right to be angry and consumed by hate, but they chose a different path. Instead of focusing on being victims, they chose to embrace the life that they have. It's inspiring. When I think of my worst day or my meager "terrible" circumstance, it dulls in comparison and really puts things into perspective.
As I've said, this book would be a great introduction to the Holocaust. The terror of this time in history is still evident on every page, but there is a message of hope as well. It's powerful.
What it isn't? A history lesson. In fact, considering how slim the memoir is, Coster assumes you understand the basics of World War II and are familiar with Anne herself. WE ALL WORE STARS is an exploration of how five of Anne's former classmates survived, all going "underground" to avoid being shipped off to concentration or extermination camps.
No major revelations about Anne are revealed, but it's fascinating to hear others' take on her personality during their school years. Of the five featured, Jacqueline was probably closest to Anne. She survived the war believing, as many did, that the Frank family had successfully escaped to Switzerland. Anne's father, the sole survivor of their family of four, had the heartbreaking task of delivering news of Anne's death to Jacque. And Jacque was one of the first people to actually see The Diary after the war.
WE ALL WORE STARS really humanizes Anne, smoothing away her fame to create a portrait of a girl who was just that: a girl. A 13-year-old girl on the cusp of adulthood, ruined and robbed of her childhood as so many were. Described as clever and silly, confident and outspoken, none of Anne's classmates had an inkling she was destined to become a writer. No one could have known that her singular voice would rise from the Holocaust as bright and clear as any -- or that THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL would go on to be published in more than 60 languages, and remains the second most-read non-fiction book ever.
Both a tribute to their famous classmate and all those murdered during the Holocaust, WE ALL WORE STARS is a moving look at life, humanity and friendship. Readers fascinated by Anne and interested in the personal voices of Holocaust survivors will find plenty to ponder here.
This is not to say that I disliked the story. I found her classmates' stories the most interesting part of the entire book. I would have liked the book equally as much if it had no mention of Anne Frank. (I did find that their memories of her did get repetitive as they focused on the same events.)
I liked the perspective of what the occupation was like in the Netherlands. Even thought I read the diary of Anne Frank several years ago, this was a bit different. You really got a different sense of what it was like for them; even when they were in hiding.
Overall, I think that this book is worth the read. It's quite short so it's easy to get through in an afternoon. If you are looking for a book about Anne Frank, this may not be the exact book you are looking for, but is still a great read.