Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend

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Hannah Goslar lived next door to Anne Frank in Amsterdam. In this touching memoir, as told to Alison Leslie Gold, Hannah recalls the funny, bright girl who suddenly disappeared from her life--until they met again at a concentration camp. Photos.

Recounts the story of Hannah Goslar, a close friend of Anne Frank and one of the last to see her alive.

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Overview

Hannah Goslar lived next door to Anne Frank in Amsterdam. In this touching memoir, as told to Alison Leslie Gold, Hannah recalls the funny, bright girl who suddenly disappeared from her life--until they met again at a concentration camp. Photos.

Recounts the story of Hannah Goslar, a close friend of Anne Frank and one of the last to see her alive.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gold, the author of the adult work Anne Frank Remembered, a study of Miep Gies and her role in protecting the Frank family, again explores the world of Anne Frank to bring home the painful truths that Frank has come to symbolize. Here she presents the wartime experiences of Hannah Goslar, the best friend immortalized in Frank's diary as Lies. Goslar's relationship with Anne Frank, including their brief reunion in Bergen-Belsen, has previously been outlined in books for adults; the poignancy of Gold's book rests in its sensitive evocation of Goslar's youthful reactions to the war and its destruction of her family and community. Readers feel Goslar's desolation and shock upon discovering the Franks' disappearance; as the Germans' oppression increases, she daydreams about Anne, whom she is certain is safe in Switzerland, "maybe even eating a real egg and buttered toast." Following Goslar through her family's arrest, internment in Westerbork and subsequent deportation to Bergen-Belsen, Gold uses carefully chosen details and specific incidents to communicate the horrors of the Holocaust. While acknowledging frequent cruelty, she emphasizes the heroism and altruism of prisoners (including Goslar's, in assembling a gift of food and, at great personal risk, passing it over an illuminated barbed-wire fence to the dying Anne). Readers drawn to Anne Frank's diary will be grateful for the fuller picture rendered here. Black-and-white photos not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers of Anne Frank's diary "will be grateful for the fuller picture" rendered through the recollected wartime experiences of Frank's best friend, said PW's starred review; "Gold brings home the painful truths that Frank has come to symbolize." Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book is a beautifully written memoir of terrible times. Alison Leslie Gold captures Anne's background through her friend Hannah Pick-Goslar, who survived the war. Although it was written fifty years after Anne Frank's death, readers will be caught up in her story.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8--This moving story of Anne Frank's neighbor and friend, Hannah Elizabeth Pick-Goslar, recounts the tragedy of World War II through a young girl's eyes. It does not take the form of a diary, but rather Gold puts into words Hannah's reminiscences of her childhood in Amsterdam and fills in the gaps of what happened to Anne after her diary ended. The account traces the childhood friendship of the two girls from the time Anne disappeared to the removal of Hannah and her family to concentration camps. The narrative also tells of the brief meeting between Anne and Hannah at Bergen-Belsen shortly before Anne's death. The girls met at a fence, risking death if caught, so that Hannah could give her beloved friend some food. The emotion and fear of the moment are fully realized. Although well told, this memoir often refers back to and relies on Hannah's connections to Anne, rather than letting Hannah's story stand on its own.--Allison Trent Bernstein, Blake Middle School, Medfield, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590907231
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Anne Frank And Hannah Goslar (Hanneli aka Lies) share a Great Fr

    Anne Frank And Hannah Goslar (Hanneli aka Lies) share a Great Friendship so much Interest in each other and Everything etc until World War 2 The Holocaust me and Anne Disappeared and went into Hiding its very amazing how Hanneli was managing to survive well Anne was gone. Anne And Hanneli saw each for the Last time Bergen-Belson Concentration Camp in Germany. Oh Anne your always in our Hearts and Hanneli Keep Holding On

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    I Absolutely Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I Loved this book. It had everything i was looking for in a good book. I must have read it a million times.It talks about the cruel treaments that the Jews had to go through. It may make you sad because many deaths occur but it just shows how much pain the Jews suffered because of the cruel Nazi's. This is why i reccomend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    Greatest Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When I read this book it was like something I had never read before I defintly enjoyed this book and would recomend this to everyone who is doing a book report or just wants to read a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    A good story for everyone to read!

    I thought Memories of Anne Frank was such a great story. It talks about Hannahs friendship with Anne Frank. It also talks about how they suffered through out the war. Some parts make you want to laugh and some parts want to make you cry.My eighth grade English teacher Mr.Richmer let me borrow it. I read the book in two days. Everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    Great book!

    This book was really sad and showed how cruel and horrible it must of been to be living like Hannah was living back then. It's very sad how almost everyone in her family died but Gabi. I overall really loved this book and would recommend it. Especially for people who are interested in concentrations camps and laws that were against Jews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    My Opinion

    What I liked about this book was that it had incredible information, that most people wouldn't write in there books. I couldn't take my eyes off the pages, I read and read until I finished. I love how they put so much detail that it felt that you were there. I couldn't feel the amount of pain they could but I could feel a little of their pain. Also, they put several memories of when they were younger trying to tell you how close Anne Frank and Hannah Goslar are. The way Hannah Goslar survived is extradonary. Anne Frank wanted to be famous when she grew up, and even know she passed away, she is very famous. This is a book I recommend if you like true stories and if you can deal with what they have to say. I loved this book, one of the best I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Should Be Read...

    This was just so sad (not that I expected it to be happy.) I just wanted to sit and cry through parts of it. She talked once about not seeing her reflection for two years, I can't even imagine that. Quote From It: 'Gabi and the other small children didn't know what cookies and holiday cakes were, nor did they know what chicken was anymore. When someone tried to explain to the children what sugar tasted like it was hopeless because no one could find accurate enough words to describe the glorious taste of sugar or cookies or cakes.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Hannah Goslar book review

    The book ¿Memories of Anne Frank¿ is about Hannah Goslar¿s point of view during WWII and her best friend Anne Frank. Hannah and Anne were just two normal everyday girls until Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Hannah thought Anne went to Switzerland when she was hiding, but soon when Hannah was found, she was sent to a concentration camp. She was there with her father and, her sister, Gabi. Hannah chose cleaning toilets as a job at the concentration camps because she new from time to time she would to be able to see her father while he was working on the other side of the metal fence. When her father eventually died from typhus fever she and Gabi only had each other left. When Hannah heard Anne Frank was in a barracks next door, she snuck with disbelief to see if she could see her. Surprisingly to Hannah, Anne was there, and Hannah risked her life to give her food, but when she gave her some it was soon taken. When Anne sadly died from typhus too, Hannah felt hopeless with Gabi in the hospital. But things changed from Hannah and Gabi when their names were called on a list to be traded for Nazi POWs. A couple days later they were safe once again. For me the most interesting scene was when Hannah tossed Anne some food she¿d saved for the holiday, and when she threw it over, it was taken from Anne by an older woman. This story made me feel even worse for people alive in concentration camps during the Holocaust and the book gave me more understanding to lifestyle in WWII. I think everything the Nazis did was pointless and I hope nothing even close to similar to the Holocaust happens again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Memories of Anne Frank

    Summary: What was it really like o have lived through the Holocaust, and to wonder everyday if it would be your last. This book tells about the real life experience of Anne Frank¿s friend during the Holocaust and how she lived to tell about it. Review: This book is a biography of Hannah Goslar¿s everyday life during the Holocaust. It put into perspective how cruelly Jews were treated during this time period. I¿m very interested in the Holocaust and have read many books about it, but this book particularly made the experience so real to me. Everyday I take my family for granted, but back then in the concentration camps the most important thing was family. When Hannah¿s mother dies in childbirth, and her father dies of disease in the camp Bergan-Belsen, she realizes she becomes the only person her little sister, Gabi, has. Connection: A text to self connection of the friendship between Anne Frank and Hannah Goslar is my best friend and me. Everyday Hannah wished she knew where Anne was, and when they would meet again. Before the Nazis took over Holland Anne and Hannah were inseparable, they told each other everything, walked to school everyday, and had a secret club they were head of. My best friend lives right up the street from me and comes over practically everyday. We know everything about each other and whenever we get mad at each other we end up laughing about it. My friendship with her is very similar to Hannah and Anne¿s. Strategy: A strategy I used to help me understand the text in this book was I visualized myself as the character. To really understand the pain of losing a parent, I imagined my mother dead, and how I couldn¿t live without her. I also tried to imagine the amount of responsibility Hannah had of taking care of her sister, Gabi. Gabi was only 3 when the Holocaust started. She was helpless in the concentration camps so Hannah had to look out for her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    Excellent!!!!!

    The Memories of Anne Frank was one of the best Holocaust books I have ever read.I could not put this book down! In many parts of this book I cryed this book is extremely sad. I recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Friends

    I resently saw Anne Frank the movie on ABC. when I saw hannah talking to anne, i remembered this part in the book. I found this book outstanding because it wasn't ANNE FRANK it was my friend-anne frank.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Friends Forever

    I love reading books about World War 2. Once I started the book I couldnt put it down. Its a great story about friends who are Jewish and living in the time period of the Holocaust! Im sure whoever reads it will enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    Very Good!

    This book was great! Hannah is living during the Holocaust. But, don't don't be deceived by the title, Anne Frank is not in this book. She is mentioned in this book but Hannah is the main character. This book tells about Anne after her family is captured. Very sad. Buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Anne-Hannah

    I loved this book!! I simply couldn't put it down! It gets sad a lot, but then it gets really happy!You should read it because it gives you a lot of information about the holocaust, and un-fair treatment towards the jews! If I was to write a review about any book I would absooultly pick this one( or Anne's Diary)! Once you read this book you'll feel how I feel, like Ann was your best friend, and you'll wish she was!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    Excellent book! 5 stars!

    I'm really interested in books and stories about World War II and especially about the Holocaust. This book was truely a moving one.

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