2 Book reviews on Anne Frank’s Life
“Anne Frank – Beyond the Diary” A Photographic Remembrance
by Ruud van der Rol & Rian Verhoeven
In this book we see the human face behind this young writer’s eloquent voice. For the first time, Anne’s life before her family went into hiding is revealed, as well as the influences that formed her strong moral beliefs… And finally, evidence of the wretched conditions that marked the last years of Anne’s life, and testimony of the last people to see Anne and Margot (her older sister) alive in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, reveal the tragedy that followed.
I’ve often wondered why Anne Frank’s diary became so famous. She wasn’t the only Jew whose diary has been published after the war. Is it because we don’t know what she thought and felt during her last hours on earth? Or is it because she was way ahead of her time and that she had to grow up very fast? Is it because she couldn’t live out her dream of becoming a journalist and/or a writer?
This is a good book to see what kind of person Anne Frank really was.
“The last seven months of Anne Frank: The stories of six women who knew Anne Frank”
by Willy Lindwer
Here is perhaps the reason why Anne Frank is so famous:
Anne Frank’s story did not end with the final words in her Diary… Little is known of Anne Frank during these last seven months of her life. What did she think and feel? How did she endure the terrible suffering of the death camps? Our only insights come from the memories of women who shared her experiences, whose lives touched hers – at Westerbark, at Auchwitz, at Bergen-Belsen. Each of the six women has a remarkable story to tell. A story of unimaginable horror, but also of great courage and the power of friendship.
Another great book beyond the diary.