Anne Frank and Meby Cherie Bennett, Jeff Gottesfeld
In one moment Nicole Burns's life changes forever. The sound of gunfire at an Anne Frank exhibit, the panic, the crowd, and Nicole is no longer Nicole. Whiplashed through time and space, she wakes to find herself a privileged Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II. No more Internet diaries and boy troubles for Nicole-now she's a carefree Jewish girl, with wonderful friends and a charming boyfriend. But when the Nazi death grip tightens over France, Nicole is forced into hiding, and begins a struggle for survival that brings her face to face with Anne Frank.
"This is a powerful and affecting story." (KLIATT)
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18 October 1942
I have wonderful news. C is alive! In today’s post came a card from her. It was unsigned but it is obvious that it is C and that she is living with a Catholic family. I am not going to write her name in case my journal falls into the wrong hands, but here is what the postcard said:
Life is fine in Oradour-sur-Glane. I am planning my wedding to a very plain but intelligent boy. Should we serve smoked salmon or roast chicken? I am studying my catechism every day.
It made me feel so happy to hear from her. She did not write about her father. Perhaps she will send another card soon.
It still eats away at me that Papa was not able to help Mme. and Bubbe E. I remember when I believed he could do anything. I wonder where that innocent—or should I say, stupid—girl went? He made many inquiries with the authorities but he was not able to get them released from either the Vel or from Drancy.
It is amazing to me how normal much of life is. We hear that the movie houses, theaters, and cabarets are full every night, French publishing houses bring out new books by famous writers; there are posters everywhere advertising it all. Many people go to see German entertainers, which I find deplorable. Even if Jews were permitted to go, I would never attend. The slang term “waiter” is used for people who just go about their daily business and wait for the Occupation to end. It seems like it is going to be a very long wait.
I had the most terrible dream last night where Jacques was in love with Suzanne. But he loves me. He does. He comes over almost every day. We go to my room and kiss with the door closed. Liz-Bette always hovers outside, and if she doesn’t hear us talking for five minutes she runs and tells Maman. Then Maman finds a pretext to disturb us. I am certain she thinks that we are too young to spend that much time together behind closed doors, but it is not as if life were normal.
There is a war on!
Nicole huddled in her winter coat on the living room window seat, looking down on the rainy, blustery November morning. A few miserable-looking pedestrians fought the elements. Still, her parents allowed her to go outside so infrequently that Nicole would have given anything to feel the rain pelting her.
She checked her watch as the familiar anxious feeling in the pit of her stomach grew. Jacques had promised to come by before he went to school. He was already ten minutes late. A few more minutes and it meant he wouldn't come at all. Though he swore he loved her as much as ever, Nicole was feeling increasingly insecure about their relationship-the less freedom she had, the more insecure she became.
The latest blow was that her father had announced that she and Liz-Bette could no longer go to school because of the danger of a tuberculosis outbreak. It was infuriating. She loved walking to and from school with Jacques, their arms linked. She even loved how some people would stare at them-the handsome blond boy and the Jewish girl with the yellow star. School had been one of the few places the Nazis still allowed Jews to go. Now, her parents-not the Germans-had taken that away from her. How could they?As she stared down at the street, Liz-Bette began to play the violin in her bedroom, the Hatikva theme from Smetana's "The Moldau." Nicole winced at the usual assortment of incorrect notes. "Can you please for once play another song?" Nicole called.
Liz-Bette came into the living room, violin under her arm. "It's the only piece I know by heart. My teacher won't teach me anymore because I'm Jewish. Do you find that fair? Because I don't."
Nicole didn't answer. She looked down the street for Jacques again. It was empty.
"Do you ever . . . do you ever wish you weren't Jewish?" Nicole finally turned to regard her sister, sitting on the couch. She looked tiny, in two oversized sweaters. “Why are you asking?”
“It would be very terrible, I know it would.” Liz-Bette bit nervously at her lower lip. “I am a terrible person.”Nicole went to sit beside her. "Did something happen?"
“Do you remember Liliane Stryker? She moved here from Belgium. She was the prettiest girl in my form. I was jealous because I thought I was only second prettiest. I thought maybe we were both safe because we have blue eyes and blond hair. But the police came right into our class at school and took her away on a big bus, and we're never going to see her again. Ever since then, I have been wishing I was a Catholic girl so that no one will take me away on a big bus.”
“No one is going to take you away, Liz-Bette.”
“How do you know?”
“Well, for one thing, we are French and they are deporting very few French Jews. You remember what happened with me at the Vel. And for another, Papa has an Ausweis.”
Liz-Bette looked thoughtful. “That's true. I like being Jewish, Nicole. I just don't like being scared. You won't tell Papa?”
Papa has an Ausweis.”
Liz-Bette looked thoughtful. “That's true. I like being Jewish, Nicole. I just don't like being scared. You won't tell Papa?”
“I won’t,” Nicole promised.
The front door opened, and Dr. Bernhardt stepped into the apartment. He had been upstairs writing in his study. “Two tragic faces,” he commented. “Liz-Bette, don't you have schoolwork to do?”
“Yes, Papa,” Liz-Bette said obediently. “Mama is a much harder teacher at home than any of my real teachers were at school.”She trudged off to her room. Nicole went back to the window.
No sign of Jacques. It meant she wouldn't see him until after school at the earliest. Idly, she swiped her index finger along the window glass, writing his name in the condensation that had begun to form.
“You were expecting Jacques, little one?” Dr. Bernhardt asked.
Nicole was afraid that if she answered, she would cry. And she didn't want to cry. So she changed the subject. “Please say you'll let us go back to school soon, Papa.”
“Perhaps you see the humor in that remark. You were never too keen on going to school before.”
Nicole sighed and turned back to the window. It was raining harder than ever.
“I understand how difficult this is for you.”
Did he really? How could he? No one had taken away every bit of his freedom when he was young.
He considered her for a moment. “I am on my way to visit patients at one of the UGIF old age homes. Would you like to come with me?”
“I don't understand. If you won't allow me to go to school because you are concerned about a tuberculosis epidemic”
“That is only a partial truth,” her father admitted. He came to her. "Ever since the Vel d’Hiv roundup, your mother has been terrified of letting you and Liz-Bette out of her sight. I persuaded her to let you girls return to school this fall. But the incident with the Stryker girl was too much even for me. We feel safer with you here. I am sure that your mother will feel relatively safe to have you out with your papa. Will you come with me?"
Nicole readily agreed. She'd go anywhere if it meant getting out of the apartment. She hurried to get her identity card before her father could change his mind.
Dr. Bernhardt took the pulse of an old woman who had broken her hip. She reminded Nicole of Bubbe Einhorn, with a long white braid. "Your pulse is strong and your hip is mending well, Madame Nadler," her father pronounced. “I think you can begin to use a walker in the hallways.”
She nodded. “Thank you, Docteur Bernhardt. I do not know what I would do without this place. And you.” Nicole’s father pulled a chair up to Mme. Nadler's bedside. He asked after her family, as he had done all morning long with each elderly person he had examined. Most were immigrants who spoke poor French, but her father had listened patiently as they poured their hearts out to him. Nicole didn't see how he could bear it.
“They shot my grandson Mounie, Docteur Bernhardt.”
“I am so sorry.”
“He edited The Yellow Star. A so-called friend betrayed him.”
Nicole shuddered. She knew that The Yellow Star was an underground Yiddish newspaper. Her father spoke with Mme. Nadler a little longer, then kissed her on each cheek.
Nicole said a polite good-bye and followed her father into the hall. “Will Mme. Nadler be able to go home soon?”
“Considering what has happened to her grandson, I feel certain that her medical condition will not permit her to leave here.” Dr. Bernhardt looked at Nicole sharply. “Do you understand?”“Do you mean she's safer here, Papa? Can't the Boche—”
A hearty voice called from down the hallway. “Good morning, Docteur Bernhardt!” Coming toward them was a young man so handsome that he took Nicole’s breath away—tall and muscular, with electric blue eyes, glossy chestnut hair, and a cleft in his chin just like Clark Gable's. He wore a Gestapo uniform.
Nicole looked quickly at her father. His face betrayed nothing. “Good morning, Inspector Gruber,” Dr. Bernhardt said politely.The young Nazi’s eyes fell on Nicole. “And who is this lovely young lady?”
“My daughter,” her father said.
“But you must make us a proper introduction,” the young man insisted, in excellent French. “It is not every day that I come upon a sight so lovely in a home for old Jews.”
Dr. Bernhardt hesitated, then said, “Inspector Gruber, may I present my daughter, Mlle. Nicole Bernhardt.”“Enchanted.” The Gestapo officer brought Nicole’s hand to his lips. Only fear kept her from snatching it back and wiping it off on her sweater.“I am the Gestapo liaison to this establishment,” Inspector Gruber explained pleasantly. “But we needn't be so formal. After all, I am not so much older than you, mademoiselle, I suspect. Your age is?”
“Charming. What do you do for enjoyment, Mademoiselle Bernhardt?”Her father took her arm. “If you will excuse us, Inspector Gruber, I still have patients to see.”
“Just another moment, if you please. Your lovely daughter has not had the opportunity to answer my question. Mademoiselle?”
“I . . . see my friends.”
The inspector nodded earnestly. “Friends and family are the most important things. Especially during such trying times. Your father, the famous Dr. Bernhardt, also values his wonderful family and friends. So many people love and respect him so very much. I am sure you are very proud of him.”
“His contributions to the UGIF are valuable. That is why he has been granted an Ausweis. It would be a terrible loss if he were to disappear. We should be forced to seek out his family and friends-perhaps also your friends-in an effort to locate him. That is how dearly he would be missed.”Dr. Bernhardt took Nicole’s arm again. “We really must be going, Inspector Gruber. I must finish my rounds.”
“Yes, of course.” The German bowed to Dr. Bernhardt and then to Nicole. “It was a pleasure to meet you, Mademoiselle Bernhardt. I hope to see you again soon. By the way, it would be unfortunate should you decide to ignore what I said. You would find your way far more difficult. I bid you both a good day.”
As Nicole’s father steered her away, the Gestapo officer called out once more. “Mademoiselle?”
Nicole stopped. Inspector Gruber walked over, took something from his jacket pocket, and pressed it into her hand. It was a bar of real chocolate, something she hadn't seen in a very long time. “For your little sister,” he told her. “I understand that she is quite a beauty.”
Her father led her down the hallway. When they rounded the corner, Nicole dropped the precious chocolate into a trash bin as if it had been poisoned.
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I love this book so much!!! i finished it in like a day or two. Couldn't put it down! I totally recommend it to everyone! I can't wait to start it for the second time. It's the kind of book that you can read over and over again. No matter how many times you read it, it always gets better and better!!!
This book is so amazing I can not even begin to describe it. I got this book in a hurry thinking it looked okay, but when I started reading it I was hooked on it I couldn't stop reading it. This book is so great and so sad at the same time. I reccomend a box of tissues when reading this book.
I never read much as a student but now as a mother of very intellaget children I want to experiance school throught them. So this past month I read The diary of Anne Frank and fell in love with her. Whick bring me to my review of this book. If you read The diary of A.F and was left wanting more like myself. This is a good choice. Its not a five star/ must read on my list but it does serve its perpose. Which is to informe/intertain. We will never forget!
This is a good book, i first got it as a sample and read it now it is my official book! You have to read this book
This book is sooooo good!!
Wow. What else can I say? This was fantastic. Nicole Burns who is the main character falls back in time and ends up in Nazi Paris, France. She has the good life now until the Nazis start taking over! Can she find a way back? Not without Anne Frank!
Kudos to Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld for writing such an outstanding and realistic Holocaust story! I could really relate to Nicole and her friends, and this book made me more interested in the Holocaust. I felt like I was there with Nicole. Everyone should read this at least once in his or her life. Excellent read!
I read 'Anne Frank and Me' after reading a lot of other novels about teens in the Holocaust, and this was by far my favorite. I thought it really covered historical and present-day values that everyone could learn from. As a future writer and actress, I also loved the fact that it was based on a play! I cried at the end!
Anne Frank and Me, is a wonderful book it was so sad, It's one of the few books i cry about. The author really makes it feel like your their with Nichol and you really can feel what she's feeling
I could not put this book down. Anne Frank and Me is undoubtedly one of the most powerful novels of historical fiction for teens. This book is both inspiring and heartbreaking, and readers will immediately relate to Nicole as both an apathetic American teenager and as a persecuted French Jew. Her angst is genuine in both sides of her character. Bennett can capture the voice of a teenage girl like no other contemporary author can. Anne Frank and Me sparkles. I now have a new favorite book.
I am in seventh grade and have recently Finished reading 'Anne Frank'(A good read, but somewhat 'blurry'). The day after reading it, I went to my Local Library to find another book that would sustain my imagination for a while. Instead I found a book that would somehow, simutaniously, give me the information I was looking for and create a hunger for more. I am very interested in the Holocaust, so when I saw 'Anne Frank and me', I grabbed it out of pure intrest. I was immediatly drawn in by the characters(my faviorte being David)and compleatly engulfed by the plot. What made it better was that, although fictional, the story was based on facts. I can seriously say that I understand more about the Holocaust now than when I fineshed 'Anne Frank'. I cherished it from the first page to the very last sentance,which made me cry. I fineshed it the very next day. When I was reading 'Anne Frank' I kept thinking 'Its a shame she never got to make her dreams come true,' but this book showed me she DID succede. She both fullfiled her dreams and triumphed over the Nazis. Like the book so rightly states, she became a writer and broke a million hearts.
This book is for people who enjoyed Anne Frank's Diary and like historic fiction. great book, a must read!
I read Anne Frank and Me in less than one day; I could never put it down. This book brings you into the world of a young Jewish girl and a normal American teenager from the twentieth century. Everyone will love this book, it makes it seem like you are there with Nicole until the very end.
This is probably the best book I've read in a long time. The dialouge and the descriptions, the plotline, just everything is the mark of some real skill behind this book. It was obviously heavily researched, and creative thinking had to be used as well. It didn't try to give us the impression that they didn't care about other things anymore now that they were fearing for their lives; they still cared, but it wasn't as important. My point is that it was realistic, and I felt like I could really relate to Nicole. 5 stars.
This is an amazing story that made my heart stop when it ended. The only book that could even measure to this is Anne Frank's own diary. WHen readers discover the horrible things about World War II That are expressed in this book, their life's will change for an eternity
I have read the book, Anne Frank and Me. It was a wonderful book to read. It was very sad, scary, and exciting at the same time. Before you read this book, I would suggest that you read Anne Frank's diary before you read this book because it has a few parts from the diary in the book. If you like books about World War II, this is the book to read!
I loved this book. It is one of the best books about Anne Frank I ever read.
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I really loved this book x girl ( nicole) is such a great girl in the story and me loving romance i knew this book was for me i recomend this book!! :)
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This book was magnificent! It was very ingenious of the authors who published this book to fuse or integrate what many teens similar to nicole often are interested in and endure with their families to what occured during the mid 1940's like anne frank. It was really wonderful to know that nicole grew into a more enhanced person after all that she expierenced and most importantly- learned.
I had to read it for a book report, and in the start i really didnt want to read the book but by the end i was in love with it. No one could get me to stop reading it, the book was easy to read and fallow. Even if you dont like to read this is a good pick. Im a 13 year old girl and hate to read but loved this book. Its a most read.
This was an amazing book. It took me two days to read. The plot was amazing. You can easily picture all of the people in the story. It is also fairly easy to become emotionaly attached to the charactors. The scene is fabulously written. This book is great for ages eleven to eighteen.
This book is fantastic. I first read Anne Frank's diary four years ago and have loved it ever since. The beginning of this book was sort of difficult to understand but the end is making me SOB! But all in all, this is an amazing book.