Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945

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In the spring of 1945, 15-year-old Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. In 1947, Otto Frank published his daughter's diary. To date, The Diary of a Young Girl has appeared in more than 50 different editions and has sold more than 20 million copies.

This photo essay is an invaluable resource for readers of Anne's diary. It offers a portrait of the Frank family, including many never-before-published photographs. And it also ...
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In the spring of 1945, 15-year-old Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. In 1947, Otto Frank published his daughter's diary. To date, The Diary of a Young Girl has appeared in more than 50 different editions and has sold more than 20 million copies.

This photo essay is an invaluable resource for readers of Anne's diary. It offers a portrait of the Frank family, including many never-before-published photographs. And it also provides an account of the events between 1929 and 1945 that forced the Franks into hiding and resulted in their discovery and imprisonment in concentration camps. With more than 250 photographs, this book helps readers to see what Anne saw and brings the turbulent events that shaped her world into sharper focus.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A much improved version of the identically titled catalogue published in 1985 to accompany a traveling exhibit, this volume joins an already large number of distinctive, accomplished books that magnify Anne Frank's experience to teach young readers about the climate in which she perished. While other titles (including the Anne Frank House's Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven) focus intimately on Anne Frank, this volume stresses history, detailing the rise of Nazism and its immediate effects on the Frank family. Photographs, several on every spread, tell even more of the story than does the compressed text. Readers see not only the by-now-familiar photos of the young Anne, but a view of a Jewish man, wearing the military decorations he earned fighting for Germany in WWI, standing outside his store in 1933 Cologne in response to the boycott of Jewish stores ordered by Goebbels; happy Dutch families with arms extended in a Heil Hitler; an anguished-looking naked girl, described as "mentally disabled," restrained by uniformed nurses right before she is to be killed through Hitler's "Euthanasia Project." The concluding sections, with views of Bosnian Muslims and Serbian soldiers, contemporary Ku Klux Klan rallies, a Londoner injured in an attack on a gay bar and other shocking instances of racism and racial crimes, explicitly connect prejudice with violence in an eloquent plea for tolerance. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
With new text and some new photographs, this pictorial history of the legendary Anne Frank makes a strong statement even to those who have followed all the previous books by and about her. The chilling visual evidence of one middle-class, educated, thoroughly German Jewish family as it sinks into second-class citizenship, exile, misery and death by concentration camp is more moving than text-only could ever be. The Anne Frank House has as its mission "preserving the history of Anne Frank and her family and also to educating people about contemporary issues of nationalism, anti-Semitism, and racism," and it has succeeded with this volume. This book should fly off the shelves of bookstores as well as schools and libraries worldwide. 2001 (orig. 1985), Knopf/Amsterdam, $20.99 and $18.95. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
This collection of historical photographs provides powerful visual images of the events that affected the lives of Anne Frank and her family. Many of the more than two hundred photos show the impact of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany and the Netherlands. Scenes of marching soldiers and mob violence contrast with those of more personal moments, such as the one depicting three youngsters standing at a swimming pool gate beneath a sign that reads, "Jews not allowed," conveying the injustice and terror of the era. Four sections are devoted to snapshots of the Frank family, representing the years before the Nazi rise, their time in Amsterdam in the 1930s, the Secret Annex where they hid, and finally Otto Frank's publication of his daughter's diary. These photographs, some of which have not been published before, comprise nearly twenty pages in the brief book. The private photographs of Anne and her family make the other scenes of Nazi atrocities even more powerful, especially to those who are familiar with A Diary of a Young Girl. Nevertheless readers who do not know Anne Frank's story still will get a strong pictorial overview of the Nazi era. All photos are captioned, and brief narratives on most two-page spreads give background and context for the chronological progression. Closing pages show photographic images of more recent racial violence. The well-selected images speak powerfully throughout, and fans of Anne Frank's diary will find this book especially moving. Photos. Source Notes. VOYA CODES:4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;For the YA with a special interest in the subject;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;Junior High, defined as grades 7to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Knopf, 144p, $18.95. PLB $20.99. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer:Steven Engelfried—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Using Anne Frank's life and death as a frame, this photo-essay takes readers from the Frankfurt of 1929 to Amsterdam when the Franks moved there in 1933 through the liberation of Europe in 1945. The black-and-white photos on each spread are introduced by one short paragraph written in the present tense to increase the immediacy of what is happening to the family members and their world. The photographs, only a few of which will be familiar to those who have read other books about the Holocaust, are juxtaposed on the pages for maximum effect. The book does not deal with the war directly, but concentrates on how the Nazis impacted education, culture, and, most devastatingly, the everyday life of Jews and other "non-Aryans." A 12-page coda shows that racism and prejudice are still very much alive today.-Amy Kellman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The life of Anne Frank serves as the frame for this photomontage of the rise of Nazism in Germany and the Netherlands. The volume begins with a history of the Frank family in Germany; a photo of Otto Frank, Anne's father, wearing his uniform as a soldier in the German army underscores the family's integration into German society. Following the family photographs, the scope widens to depict the dire economic times in Germany in the 1920s, the rise to power of the Nazi party, and the acquiescence of German institutions from the judiciary to the churches. Anne's story is reintroduced in the context of Jewish refugees seeking safe haven outside Germany. Photos illustrate the reaction of the Dutch government and people to German occupation and racial laws. A section on the Frank family in hiding includes photos of the Secret Annex with captions from Anne's diary. The emphasis here is on the response to the rise of Nazism more than on the fate of the victims and few concentration-camp photos are included. The last section looks at present-day manifestations of hatred with photos of neo-Nazis marching in Austria circa 2000 and a Ku Klux Klan cross burning. As Rabbi Julia Neuberger writes in her introduction, the message of Anne Frank's diary and of this chronicle of her life and times is tolerance. While there are other excellent photo histories of the Holocaust, this slim volume has the attraction of Anne Frank to draw young people in. (Nonfiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375911774
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/16/2001
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: LIBRARY BINDING
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    The Best Book You Can Read

    I read Anne Frank In The World for one of my books I had to read for my reading class and by far it was my favorite one. It tells you what really happened and it also shows you. I would recomend it to anyone any age.

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