Anne Frank: Hope in the Shad­ows of the Holocaust

Spring Her­mann
  • Review
By – August 3, 2012
Despite the pletho­ra of Anne Frank books avail­able, I would not hes­i­tate to rec­om­mend this one. With its con­ver­sa­tion­al tone, it brings Anne to life with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the salient facts of the Holo­caust or stoop­ing to inap­pro­pri­ate famil­iar­i­ty with the char­ac­ters. Her­mann includes the rel­e­vant facts of Holo­caust his­to­ry in an unob­tru­sive man­ner and also inter­weaves infor­ma­tion, a map, pho­tographs, anec­dotes, and per­son­al char­ac­ter­is­tics gleaned from books writ­ten about Anne Frank and inter­views from oral sources, includ­ing many remarks by Anne’s close friends, neigh­bors, teach­ers, and of course, Miep Gies, into this bio­graph­i­cal his­to­ry. Excerpts from the diary fig­ure through­out the nar­ra­tive, enabling the read­er to feel the extra­or­di­nary sense of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pre-teens and teens seem to have for Anne, but the nar­ra­tive cov­ers a wider peri­od, up to the present, in fact. In addi­tion to a time­line, there are chap­ter notes (in which all sources used are not­ed by chap­ter), a glos­sary, fur­ther read­ing, Inter­net address­es, and an index. For ages: 11 – 15.
Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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