Anne Frank and the Children of the Holocaust

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Anne Frank's diary changed how the world saw the Holocaust? this book will change how you see Anne Frank. Beginning with Otto Frank's idyllic childhood, follow the family's journey from its proud German roots through life under Nazi occupation to their horrifying concentration camp experiences. Interspersed with their story are personal accounts of survivors, excerpts from the other victims? journals, and black-and-white photos. A perfect blend of historical information and emotional narratives, this book makes ...

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Overview

Anne Frank's diary changed how the world saw the Holocaust? this book will change how you see Anne Frank. Beginning with Otto Frank's idyllic childhood, follow the family's journey from its proud German roots through life under Nazi occupation to their horrifying concentration camp experiences. Interspersed with their story are personal accounts of survivors, excerpts from the other victims? journals, and black-and-white photos. A perfect blend of historical information and emotional narratives, this book makes an excellent companion to the diary, offering an indepth look at the life of Anne Frank, and an intimate history of the young people who experienced the Holocaust.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a beautiful, well-written introduction to the Holocaust and the story of Anne Frank, but with an unfortunate title. Frank herself had very little to do with the hundreds of thousands of other children caught up in the Holocaust, and while many other children kept diaries, hers is the one that is world-famous. Before I began reading this book, I thought that I had read everything I wanted to read about Anne Frank, but I was very wrong. Even for this cynical 60-year-old, the book was a good read, and while the horrors of the Holocaust were not new to me, the emphasis on how children managed to live and cope with the situations in which they found themselves was fresh and fascinating. The author includes interviews with survivors who had known the Frank girls in Amsterdam and in the camps, and Anne's personality shines through. The titles of the chapters come directly from the diary—"As we are Jewish", "When we were still in normal life", "Good times rapidly fled", "Who is inflicted this upon us?", and "I want to go on living even after my death"—and send chills down the spine. The book includes a map of Nazi-occupied Europe, tables of estimated Jewish population of European countries before and after the war, Source Notes, a bibliography, and "text permissions." Highly recommended.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Lee provides an overview that broadens the story that Anne Frank started in her diary. She details the girl's life before her family went into hiding and places Anne in context with other persecuted children and their attempts to survive. With chapter heads that quote from Anne's diary and 19 archival photos, the text reveals a girl who loved her friends, celebrating birthdays, and being the center of attention. Lee succeeds at illuminating the lives of "individuals who once had hopes and dreams-like us," including those who tried to help, those who resisted, and ultimately those who perished. The inevitable question of why it happened is addressed in a quote from a former neighbor of the Franks, "-we were so scared. We thought, if we do the things that are demanded of us, we'll be all right-.We thought, if we wear the star, if we obey the curfew, if we do everything, nothing will happen to us." This type of information considers the questions that readers ask as they learn about the period, making it a worthy title to include in a study of Anne Frank and the Holocaust.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Reworking much of the information she presented in her earlier volume, A Friend Called Anne (2004), Lee interweaves information about other children who were placed in camps during the Holocaust, rarely surviving or more likely hidden in a variety of situations. Gleaned from articles, interviews and other personal diaries, the plight of these children is explained through circumstances that involved numerous efforts by some very generous and brave people working either through religious or underground organizations. Yet the bulk of the volume is another rehash of Anne Frank's life before the war, during her hiding and final days at Auschwitz. Insight into the many children who were hidden and managed to survive is more strongly presented in previous publications, by Susan D. Bachrach in Tell Them We Remember (1994) or Laurel Holliday's compilation Children in the Holocaust and World War II (1995). Includes black-and-white photos mostly available in other volumes. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142410691
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 378,537
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Ann Lee lives in Yorkshire Dales, England.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    Do not recommend

    I believe much of the facts and history to be true but the author is simply not a good writer. Sometimes it seems as if I'm reading a 6th grade book report.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Anne Frankk and the children of the holocaust

    The book that I am reading is Anne frank and the children of the holocaust. I think that the title they picked for this story was a good one. In the book she tells a lot about children of the holocaust and Anne, it tells you what all they had to do if you were Jewish and what all they had to go through and struggling to stay alive so that is why that was a good title for this book. This book is a biography of a girl and many other children. This was a history book because it explains things that happened a long time ago. In the beginning of the book, it tells you about many different types of kids and Anne. It tells you what Hitler would make the Jews do. In the book it says the there were more than one hundred thousand Jews that were hidden during the war. If Jewish children were found, they would be sent to transit camps. The transit camps were just as concentration camps accept they were made without any gas chambers. About two-thousand Jewish children were cent to Auschwitz. At the end, Anne and her sister Margot died, and Adolph Hitler committed suicide. One strength of the book is the author giving good detailed things on what happened. One weakness in the book was the lack of pictures. I think the author should have added more pictures in the book to show the types of things they went through or what they did. I would recommend this book. If you like historical books that tell you about a certain event or books on the holocaust or books on Anne Frank you should come and check this book out. I am sure you will enjoy this book

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    anne frank

    it was a great book i would read if you love histoy

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