Saturday, December 5, 2009

Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures

Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures
from the archives of The Anne Frank House
Roaring Brook, 2009
215 pages
Genre: nonfiction/biography
Source: Library

Summary in a Sentence:

A photographic introduction to the life and experiences of Anne Frank, who along with her family and others lived in hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex from July 1942 until their capture in August 1944.

My Thoughts:

I clearly remember reading Anne Frank's diary for the first time: I was in fourth grade and we had just studied the Holocaust in school. My mom had a copy of the diary from when she was young, and I poured over the words of this girl from not so long ago and was mesmerized by her story. Ever since, I have been deeply interested and affected by so many people's stories from that dark period in history. I always come back to the story of Anne Frank, though, and this new book released from the archives of the Anne Frank House is such a wonderful tribute to her diary and her life.

Anne and Margot at the beach, 1935.

The book is primarily a pictorial history of the life of Anne Frank and her family, beginning with photos of her parents' wedding in 1925. An amazingly large amount of the Frank family's family photos were somehow preserved throughout the hiding process and the subsequent discovery of their hiding place in 1944. Interspersed with the pictures are quotes from Anne's diary and various commentaries on the photos.
"I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!"
This book is a great stand-alone introduction to Anne Frank and also a helpful companion to the diary and to those who are already familiar with her life. It is a powerful reminder of all the lives, all the families, that were destroyed in the Holocaust. Anne Frank put a face on the more than 1 million children who perished under Hitler's regime.

For more information, please visit The Anne Frank Museum website.

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Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

The holocaust was a big deal for my husbands family. Since they are from Poland his grandparents were in concentration camps/work camps. The stories are horrifying. Anne Frank was so memorable. Great find will check it out.

Amanda said...

Wow! I didn't even know this existed. I reread The Diary of Anne Frank earlier this year for the first time since middle school or early high school. I would love to read this.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Yeah, this book just came into the library. Right after I finished cataloging and processing it, I didn't even put it out on the shelf-I just took it home and read it in an afternoon! :)

Darlene said...

I've definitely got to check for this book. I've read a few books on Anne Frank and the story never fails to affect me. I'm going to check and see if my library has this. Thanks so much for bringing it to our attention.

Kirthi said...

Anne Frank has been my hero ever since I was a child, along with Helen Keller. Her life was fascinating, and she inspired me to do so much and be thankful for a lot of things.
The quote touched me, it's beautiful. I can't wait to flip through pictures, sometimes they speak more than words.

Great review!

The Literary Stew said...

The book looks lovely. I love Anne Frank. I remember being very disappointed with the museum in Amsterdam. The entire building where the annex was has been totally renovated and looks like a modern one. The only thing left are the rooms but they were almost empty of furniture.

Veens said...

I really need to get to the Anne Frank book! This has intrigued me for sometime. this one sounds really good and i love the pics that u showcase here.

Alyce said...

I didn't know this book existed, and it looks fabulous!

Anna said...

Looks like a book I have to get my hands on! I read Anne Frank's diary when I was younger, and more recently, I read "10 Days: Anne Frank" with my daughter. This sounds like a perfect follow-up.

I hope it's okay that I linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

Diary of an Eccentric

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Oh, yes, that's fine :) Thanks, Anna.

Katy said...

What a neat book! I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank as a girl and feeling such a connection with her. I should take a look at this book.

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