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The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth
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The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth

by Susan Goldman Rubin, Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
 

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Determined to find definitive proof that Anne Frank's diary was authentic, Simon Wiesenthal began a five-year-long search for the Gestapo officer who arrested the Frank family. This inspiring and suspenseful account testifies to the difference that one person's dedication can make.

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Determined to find definitive proof that Anne Frank's diary was authentic, Simon Wiesenthal began a five-year-long search for the Gestapo officer who arrested the Frank family. This inspiring and suspenseful account testifies to the difference that one person's dedication can make.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
*"Anne Frank...is just the hook to draw readers into this picture-book biography of a famous Holocaust survivor. [Readers] will be thrilled by this account."

"This book is highly recommended."

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Explaining the Nazi-engineered Jewish Holocaust to children is complicated. This book may or may not succeed at the task. The mostly dark-toned pictures are of angry people in meetings, of people suffering or of Simon Wiesenthal on the hunt for survivors who can attest to the veracity of Anne Frank's diary. Maybe a child's imagination will be captivated by the story, but it's a grim subject for a picture book. The story itself is complex, recounting the story of Wiesenthal's life, the rise of the Nazis to power, the sufferings of the Jews, his own ordeal in the concentration camps, the motivation behind his dedicated search for Nazis after the war, the questioned authenticity of Anne Frank's diary and his search for the Nazi policeman who arrested the Frank family in the Annex before they were sent to a concentration camp. Perhaps this is best for older children who wouldn't be turned off by the picture book format and who are interested in history. It's an important story that needs to be told, and it is told well. However, the choice of format is puzzling. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8

In 1958, Holocaust deniers disrupted a theater performance of The Diary of Anne Frank . In response, the well-known Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal vowed to prove Anne's story true by finding the Gestapo officer who'd arrested her and her family. Much detective work led to the 1963 discovery of the man in question. This "hook" is the framing story for a picture-book biography chronicling Wiesenthal's experiences during World War II and illustrating the development of his unusual career. The book is meticulously researched and packed with dates, facts, and quotes from the subject and others. Back matter includes an overview of Wiesenthal's life. The amount of detail, while admirably scholarly, makes the text rather dense and dry, and casual readers will find it slowgoing. Farnsworth's dark, realistic paintings are quietly dignified. The scenes have a cinematic drama in their use of lighting and in the contrasts between long shots and close-ups. This book is highly recommended for Holocaust collections, but it will be best appreciated by sophisticated readers or those with an already strong interest in the subject.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

Kirkus Reviews
The post-World War II publication of Anne Frank's diary made her the icon for all the murdered Jewish children during the Holocaust. In 1958, an Austrian performance of the play based on the diary was disrupted by teenage neo-Nazis who had been taught that the Holocaust was a fraud. Simon Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who gathered information about the whereabouts of Nazis in order to bring them to justice. Called to the theater, he vowed to find the Gestapo officer who had arrested the Frank family, thus proving that the diary was not a fake. This lengthy picture book carefully details the horrors of Wiesenthal's life, from ghetto to concentration camps to liberation, and emphasizes the phenomenal memory that made possible his determination to "tell what it was really like." It is a painstaking, long, frustrating piece of detection, hampered by postwar political realities and aided by phone books. Rubin, who has authored other titles on the Holocaust, has crafted another notable contribution. Farnsworth's full-page paintings in dark hues are stark and haunting. (author's note, resources, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 10 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423088
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
696,578
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of the award-winning "Fireflies in the Dark" (Holiday House) and "Searching for Anne Frank" (Harry N. Abrams. She wrote this book at the suggestion of her friend and colleague, Adaire Klein, the archivist at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California, where the actual flag is on display.

Bill Farnsworth has been illustrating books for more than twenty years. Among the many books he has illustrated for children are The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate by Janice Cohn, Mississippi Going North by Sanna Anderson Baker, and THE BUFFALO jump by Peter Roop. He is a resident of Venice, Florida.

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