Anne Frank : The Biography by Melissa Müller

By Melissa Müller

With an Epilogue by way of Miep Giess the 1st biography of the woman whose destiny has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands. for individuals around the globe, Anne Frank, the vivacious, clever Jewish woman with a crooked smile and large darkish eyes, has develop into the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary of twenty-five months in hiding, a priceless checklist of her fight to maintain wish alive throughout the darkest days of this century, has touched the hearts of thousands. the following, after 5 a long time, is the 1st biography of this awesome determine. Drawing on unique interviews with friends and family, on formerly unavailable correspondence, and on files lengthy stored mystery, Melissa Muller creates a nuanced portrait of her well-known topic. this is often the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so the entire extra affecting--Anne Frank restored to background. Muller lines Frank's existence from an idyllic formative years in an assimilated kin good tested in Frankfurt banking circles to her passionate youth in German-occupied Amsterdam and her determined in Bergen Belsen on the age of 16. jam-packed with revelations, this richly textured biography casts new mild on Anne's family members together with her mom, whom she treats harshly within the diary, and solves an everlasting secret: who betrayed the households hiding within the annex simply whilst liberation was once handy? this is often an essential quantity for all those that search a deeper, richer figuring out of Anne Frank and the brutal occasions within which she lived and died.

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Above the bookcase hangs a large map of the kind seen in government offices or in schools: Belgium, in 1:500,000 scale. " Of course -- they know. A yank on the bookcase and it swings away from the wall like a heavy gate. Behind it, a high step leads to a white door about a foot and a half above the floor; the top of the door is hidden behind the map on the wall. The lintel of the door frame is padded with a cloth stuffed with excelsior: it's easy to bang one's head. Have the Franks heard the loud footsteps and the unfamiliar voices?

This, too, suggests that he was acting in good faith; if he had planned to do something illegal, he would have tried to conceal the facts. He had (29] trusted the dealer, who seemed like an honest businessman, and it had evidently never occurred to him to ask where the shares had been issued. On May 14, 1932, Herbert was released from jail, where he had been awaiting trial, but for the time being he was unableand unwilling-to appear in the Frankfurt banking world. Regardless of whether the upcoming trial found him innocent or guilty, his reputation was tarnished.

She, however, had regularly attended the synagogue in the Westend and would continue to go even after they moved. As Catholics, the Naumanns and the Stabs also belonged to a religious minority, at least here in Frankfurt. But the neighborhood children played together harmoniously, and Margot, one of the youngest, was readily accepted, as Otto and Edith had hoped she would be. They wanted their daughters to grow up without self-consciousness or prejudice. Fortunately, after years of anti Semitic agitation, the mood in Germany seemed to have calmed down.

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