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Vollständig überarbeitete, um unbekanntes Material erweiterte Neuausgabe der maßgeblichen Biographie Anne Franks.Melissa Müllers fesselnde Biographie der Anne Frank erregte Ende der 1990er Jahre international großes Aufsehen. Zwei zuvor geheimgehaltene Tagebucheinträge Annes sowie Briefe und Aufzeichnungen nie zuvor befragter Zeitzeugen erweiterten das Bild der Familie Fra Vollständig überarbeitete, um unbekanntes Material erweiterte Neuausgabe der maßgeblichen Biographie Anne Franks.Melissa Müllers fesselnde Biographie der Anne Frank erregte Ende der 1990er Jahre international großes Aufsehen. Zwei zuvor geheimgehaltene Tagebucheinträge Annes sowie Briefe und Aufzeichnungen nie zuvor befragter Zeitzeugen erweiterten das Bild der Familie Frank um wesentliche Facetten. Die Verfilmung des Buchs wurde 2001 mit dem Emmy-Award ausgezeichnet. In dieser überarbeiteten Neuausgabe kann Melissa Müller anhand neuester Forschungsergebnisse und nach Durchsicht erst kürzlich freigegebener Akten umfassender untersuchen, wer zum Netzwerk der Mitwisser gehörte und die Untergetauchten verraten haben könnte; bisher noch nie publizierte Fotos ergänzen das Bild."Eine gründlich recherchierte und packende Biographie" Der Spiegel"Eine erzählerisch starke und souveräne Verknüpfung biographischer und historischer Details" The Times

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Vollständig überarbeitete, um unbekanntes Material erweiterte Neuausgabe der maßgeblichen Biographie Anne Franks.Melissa Müllers fesselnde Biographie der Anne Frank erregte Ende der 1990er Jahre international großes Aufsehen. Zwei zuvor geheimgehaltene Tagebucheinträge Annes sowie Briefe und Aufzeichnungen nie zuvor befragter Zeitzeugen erweiterten das Bild der Familie Fra Vollständig überarbeitete, um unbekanntes Material erweiterte Neuausgabe der maßgeblichen Biographie Anne Franks.Melissa Müllers fesselnde Biographie der Anne Frank erregte Ende der 1990er Jahre international großes Aufsehen. Zwei zuvor geheimgehaltene Tagebucheinträge Annes sowie Briefe und Aufzeichnungen nie zuvor befragter Zeitzeugen erweiterten das Bild der Familie Frank um wesentliche Facetten. Die Verfilmung des Buchs wurde 2001 mit dem Emmy-Award ausgezeichnet. In dieser überarbeiteten Neuausgabe kann Melissa Müller anhand neuester Forschungsergebnisse und nach Durchsicht erst kürzlich freigegebener Akten umfassender untersuchen, wer zum Netzwerk der Mitwisser gehörte und die Untergetauchten verraten haben könnte; bisher noch nie publizierte Fotos ergänzen das Bild."Eine gründlich recherchierte und packende Biographie" Der Spiegel"Eine erzählerisch starke und souveräne Verknüpfung biographischer und historischer Details" The Times

30 review for Anne Frank: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Al

    قبل 85 عاما، ولدت آن فرانك، الفتاة اليهودية التي أصبحت مذكراتها أبلغ الشهادات ضد الممارسات النازية إدانة وتأثيراً. في عام 1942 وبعد إحتلال الألمان لأمستردام بدأ النازيون حملة منظمة لإعتقال اليهود بهدف إرسالهم إلى معسكرات التعذيب. اختبأت عائلة آن فرانك مع أربعة آخرين في منزل خلف شركة والدها. كان هذا هو المكان الذي بدأت فيه آن بتدوين يومياتها التي جعلتها مشهورة بعد الحرب. تدبرت العائلة أمر اختبائها في هذا المنزل من الألمان لمدة سنتين، لكن تمّ أخيرا الوشاية بها و أسرها. توفيت آن في معسكر الاعتقال وه قبل 85 عاما، ولدت آن فرانك، الفتاة اليهودية التي أصبحت مذكراتها أبلغ الشهادات ضد الممارسات النازية إدانة وتأثيراً. في عام 1942 وبعد إحتلال الألمان لأمستردام بدأ النازيون حملة منظمة لإعتقال اليهود بهدف إرسالهم إلى معسكرات التعذيب. اختبأت عائلة آن فرانك مع أربعة آخرين في منزل خلف شركة والدها. كان هذا هو المكان الذي بدأت فيه آن بتدوين يومياتها التي جعلتها مشهورة بعد الحرب. تدبرت العائلة أمر اختبائها في هذا المنزل من الألمان لمدة سنتين، لكن تمّ أخيرا الوشاية بها و أسرها. توفيت آن في معسكر الاعتقال وهي بعمر الخامسة عشر فقط. توفيت أختها وأمها هناك أيضاً، أما والدها أوتو فرانك فقد نجا من المعسكر وعاد إلى أمستردام حيث قام بنشر مذكرات ابنته وإطلاق مؤسسة آن فرانك. اليوم يعد المنزل الذي اختبأت فيه آن وعائلتها أحد المزارات السياحية التي يزورها آلاف السياح يوميا. كتبت في دفتر الزوار بعد أن انتهيت من جولتي في منزل آن فرانك: لا تزال آن فرانك بعد 85 عاما من وفاتها تموت يوميا في غزة .. ولا تتمكن من كتابة مذكراتها! رغم أنني عادة أتأثر بهذا النوع من الكتب، وتصيبني قراءتها بنوع من الإحباط، إلا أن هذا الكتاب لم يحرك في داخلي شيئًا (رغم الجهد المبذول في كتابته ولهذا منحته أربع نجمات) لسبب واحد ووحيد .. ألا وهو أنني لم أعد قادرا على هضم النفاق الصهيوني الذي يرفع قصة آن فرانك كقميص عثمان في وجه كل من ينتقد إجرام إسرائيل وممارساتها البربرية! لتتنزل رحمة الله على روحك يا آن فرانك، ولعناته على أحفادك الذين فاق إجرامهم إجرام النازيين الذين قتلوك!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    I was sent a review copy of this book in April, and although I was so excited to read it, it just sat on my night stand collecting dust until I finally decided to pick it up. The reason for my trepidation? I am an extremely unreliable, emotional reader who is afraid of failure. I don't make promises to finish a book once I start it. I don't abide by rules or deadlines, and my ratings are almost always based on whether I was able to relate to the author and their work on a personal, down-to-earth I was sent a review copy of this book in April, and although I was so excited to read it, it just sat on my night stand collecting dust until I finally decided to pick it up. The reason for my trepidation? I am an extremely unreliable, emotional reader who is afraid of failure. I don't make promises to finish a book once I start it. I don't abide by rules or deadlines, and my ratings are almost always based on whether I was able to relate to the author and their work on a personal, down-to-earth level. Don't even get me started on reviews. I'd rather write a review on a book that was mildly entertaining, than to attempt a gut wrenching one on a book I absolutely loved, out of fear of completely missing the mark or being misunderstood. Why even bother? Neurotic, much? In the case of Anne Frank, we already know how the book ends. For this reason it took me six months to mentally prepare myself to really "go there", and I am so glad I waited! Muller unhurriedly sits you down for a long, interesting "true story" about the Frank family, included extended family members, and the ripple effects of the National Socialist German Workers' Party rise to power. So rich in both family and social history, during the course of my reading, I started to feel as though I myself was being systematically stripped of personal freedoms that I never gave a second thought to, like riding a bike to work/school or meeting a friend for coffee, all the while in my heart hoping that this would be the extent of the Fuhrer's nonsensical whims. Dread starts setting in when Otto moves his family to Amsterdam from Frankfurt, and many members of the extended family start seeking refuge in neighboring countries years before Hitler officially begins his greedy conquest. Relief is in sight, but for how long? Relief turns to resignation and claustrophobia as Hitler and his armies surround Holland, after promising to respect its neutral stance. As the Franks' circle of Jewish friends start dwindling either because they've managed to get exit Visas to other countries, or have "volunteered" to serve time abroad in German work camps, resignation quickly turns into paranoia and gripping fear. Like I said before, we all know how this story ends, but throughout this book, it's really easy to forget that; hope is such a resilient, tenacious quality...and it's also infectious. I think that what makes "The Annex Dwellers'" story so compelling (especially when I read Anne's diary for the first time as a 13-year-old) was just how close they all came to surviving--a matter of weeks or a couple of days/hours, in some cases, before the camps were liberated. To think that their story is just one in several millions. It's mind boggling. I sat lost in thought for the rest of the day after I finished this book. It was hard to say goodbye to the friends I had made, especially when it was abrupt and premature. Definitely worth reading, even if you feel like you couldn't possible learn more. This is a revised edition to the original biography published in 1998, and so it included more information on pages that were not included in Anne's original diary, as well as additional information on who tipped the police about the annex and its inhabitants. Also included is background information on the team that helped hide them, and what life was like for everyone after the war ended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I purchased a revised and expanded edition of Melissa Muller's Anne Frank: The Biography on an affecting trip to the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam last year. I have been so looking forward to reading it, but for some reason - emotional turmoil over Anne's story, I expect, which never fails to bring me to tears - it took me some time to pick it up. The Sunday Telegraph deems Muller's biography 'sensitive, serious and scrupulous', and the Independent believes it to be an 'accurate and honest portra I purchased a revised and expanded edition of Melissa Muller's Anne Frank: The Biography on an affecting trip to the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam last year. I have been so looking forward to reading it, but for some reason - emotional turmoil over Anne's story, I expect, which never fails to bring me to tears - it took me some time to pick it up. The Sunday Telegraph deems Muller's biography 'sensitive, serious and scrupulous', and the Independent believes it to be an 'accurate and honest portrait'. The New York Times writes that Anne Frank: The Biography 'acts as a supplement to the diary, filling in Anne's fragmentary view of her own life'. I have read Anne's own diary - which has sold more than thirty million copies in over seventy languages to date - countless times, as well as rather a few books about her, but Anne Frank: The Biography has become one of my absolute favourites. It has been translated from its original German by Rita and Robert Kimber. In this updated edition, Muller 'details new theories surrounding the family's betrayal, revelations about the pressure put on their helpers by the Nazi party and the startling discovery that the Franks had applied for a visa to the US.' In her foreword, Muller writes of Anne's importance: 'Over the past sixty years, Anne Frank has become a universal symbol of the oppressed in a world of violence and tyranny. Her name invokes humanity, tolerance, human rights, and democracy; her image is the epitome of optimism and the will to live.' Upon her initial reading of Anne's diary, Muller had many questions which were left unanswered; this inspired her to research and write Anne Frank: The Biography. At this point, she says, 'my search began - initially in the 1990s - to search for the person behind the legend, a search for the incidents and events that shaped the life and personality of Annelies Marie Frank.' Her aim, she goes on, 'was to gather as many fragments of the mosaic as possible and create as authentic a picture of Anne's brief life as I could, illuminating the familial and social circumstances that provided the foundation of her life and left their mark on it.' Anne Frank: The Biography opens with a copy of the Frank and Hollander family trees, which become useful to refer to when grandparents and great-grandparents are introduced into the narrative. The initial chapter of the book opens on a scene in August 1944. This, at first, seems like an ordinary day in the annexe in which Anne and her family, along with others, are hiding, but it proves to be the day on which they are discovered by the Dutch Nazis. After they have been taken away, Muller describes how Miep and Bep, office workers who helped them to hide, retrieve Anne's diary, not reading a single page so as to protect her privacy. They hoped to be able to give it back to her after the war. The second chapter then begins with Anne's birth in Frankfurt, where her family lived on the outskirts of the city. Of their new arrival, the Franks 'had worried that Margot might be jealous of the baby, but Margot laughed with delight when she saw her. Anne's ears stuck out comically, and her wild black hair was silky and soft.' A chronological timeline is followed from this chapter onward, and we are able to chart Anne's progress as she grows, and becomes more independent. Particular attention is paid to the craft of Anne's writing, wishing as she did to become a novelist when she grew up. 'Her style,' Muller writes, 'improved rapidly, with astonishing speed considering her age... The more she wrote, the sharper her observations became and the clearer her expression of those observations; the keener, too, her understanding of others and - as if she could step outside herself and look back in - of herself as well. What she had begun in adolescent dreaminess ultimately achieved, in many passages, a maturity that was as convincing as it was astonishing.' Political and social occurrences, particularly those which relate to the restrictions placed upon Jewish people, run alongside the lives of the Frank family. This social context has been provided throughout, and adds depth and understanding. Upon the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, for instance, Muller states: 'In one day the social structure of Holland had been transformed. Where once there had been rich and poor, an upper and a lower class, a right wing and a left wing, and various religious blocs, now only one criterion distinguished good from bad, friend from enemy: was a person anti-German or pro-German?' Along with historical facts, Muller weaves in the interested and intelligent Anne's own opinions. Upon the surrender of the Netherlands, 'Anne was outraged... Surrender was a concept she was hearing about for the first time, and she didn't like the sound of it. It didn't suit her character.' Counter to its title, Anne Frank: The Biography is not simply a biographical account of Anne; it includes details of both her immediate and extended family members on both sides, as well as accounts of family friends, and her schoolmates. Photographs have been dotted throughout, which adds to the narrative, and shows those around Anne, first in Germany, and then in Amsterdam, where her family moved when she was small. Perhaps most moving in terms of these portraits is the impression we receive of her doting father, Otto. When writing about Anne and Margot's friends in Amsterdam, Muller says: 'The greatest delight of all was Mr. Frank. His wife was always there and always friendly, but the children hardly noticed her; they took such things for granted in mothers. But Otto Frank, at almost six feet a tall man for those days, was special. With Mr. Frank you could talk and joke about anything. He made up games, told stories, always had a comforting word, and seemed to forgive Anne everything... Otto's high spirits were truly infectious. And when he was at home he spent more time with his children than most other fathers did.' Of course, Anne is always the central focus here, but more of an understanding of her character can be gained from seeing those around her. Muller is so understanding of Anne's character and qualities, and notes how great an effect being in the annexe had for her: 'At a time when a young person is recalcitrant and restless, defiant and temperamental, full of questions and searching for answers, baffled, helpless, and often irritable, Anne had no outlets for her feelings, no way to let off steam... Anne herself described the period from 1942 until well into 1943 as a difficult time. In the long days of loneliness and despair and of conflict not only with her housemates but also and primarily with herself, Kitty and the diary became her closest confidants.' Muller's prose style makes Anne Frank: The Biography a very easy book to read; it is intelligent and measured, not to mention packed with detail, but it still feels readily accessible. The biography is considerate and meticulously researched and, as one would expect, is both touching and harrowing throughout. Anne Frank: The Biography is a moving and detailed tribute to a remarkable young woman, and works as the perfect companion to The Diary of a Young Girl.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    Ik had heel wat anders verwacht toen ik deze biografie opensloeg.Ik dacht het leven van Anne Frank weer meer in beeld te krijgen. Het bleek dat de schrijfster ook in de gaten had dat de familie om haar heen en de omstandigheden ook een aandeel hadden in wie Anne Frank was en wat ze mee moest maken. Het was niet de weer zoveelste Biografie waar je dezelfde dingen tegen komt. De schrijfster licht ook meer haar vader en moeder uit, hun familie, hun leven en hun bedrijven, wat ermee gebeurde en wat Ik had heel wat anders verwacht toen ik deze biografie opensloeg.Ik dacht het leven van Anne Frank weer meer in beeld te krijgen. Het bleek dat de schrijfster ook in de gaten had dat de familie om haar heen en de omstandigheden ook een aandeel hadden in wie Anne Frank was en wat ze mee moest maken. Het was niet de weer zoveelste Biografie waar je dezelfde dingen tegen komt. De schrijfster licht ook meer haar vader en moeder uit, hun familie, hun leven en hun bedrijven, wat ermee gebeurde en wat maakte dat ze een aantal harde keuzes maakte. Ik kreeg bewondering voor deze mensen die hun uiterste best hebben gedaan om Anne en haar zus Margot eigenlijk pas in het onderduik adres te hebben laten merken wat er aan de hand was maar vooral wat voor invloed dat op hun leven had. De schrijfster heeft veel gesprekken gevoerd met oude buren, vrienden en familie. Ook met overlevenden van de kampen. De laatste die de overleden onderduikers hadden gezien. Enig tegendeel, de pagina's staan echt vol met letters. Maar het was het meer dan waard.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Wonderful biography about Anne, her family and friends, with lots of fine detail, yet it never drags or is boring. As the story of those days is told, snippets from the Diary are included alongside. Though the book starts with the arrest of those in hiding, at the end Muller traces where each person was transferred to and writes what is known of their final days. Includes an index in the back that gives short bio details of the people Anne mentioned in her diary. I really appreciate that Muller u Wonderful biography about Anne, her family and friends, with lots of fine detail, yet it never drags or is boring. As the story of those days is told, snippets from the Diary are included alongside. Though the book starts with the arrest of those in hiding, at the end Muller traces where each person was transferred to and writes what is known of their final days. Includes an index in the back that gives short bio details of the people Anne mentioned in her diary. I really appreciate that Muller uses everyone's real names (unless they requested anonymity); it brings the Diary back to Reality. I like how Muller keeps an objective view on each and every person mentioned, and can even step back and keep Anne herself in perspective. Muller shows clearly (and very frighteningly!) how the Nazis systematically stripped the Dutch Jews of all rights after the invasion of Holland, so that bit by bit, you can see just how circumstances were ripe for the arrest and transportation - and elimination - of The Undesirables. Brrr!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    I first read Anne Frank’s diary (which should be required reading for everyone) many years ago, and re-read it in the 80’s after visiting the house in Amsterdam where she and her family spent two and half years hiding in the Secret Annex . I’ve picked up the Diary again for the third time now that I’ve just finished this thoughtfully written yet deeply disturbing book based on information gleaned from letters, documents, personal interviews with family members and others who knew the Franks befo I first read Anne Frank’s diary (which should be required reading for everyone) many years ago, and re-read it in the 80’s after visiting the house in Amsterdam where she and her family spent two and half years hiding in the Secret Annex . I’ve picked up the Diary again for the third time now that I’ve just finished this thoughtfully written yet deeply disturbing book based on information gleaned from letters, documents, personal interviews with family members and others who knew the Franks before and after they were arrested, as well as recently discovered diary pages that had not been previously published. The book isn’t just about Anne, although it’s interesting to read about her early childhood in Frankfurt, her education in Dutch schools after the family relocated to Amsterdam and the fun she had with her many friends there. An index in the back of the book provides a short synopsis of what happened to many of those whose paths crossed Anne’s in the course of her short life, most of whom also perished at the hands of the Nazis. Muller also includes information about the rest of Anne’s immediate and extended family and provides additional details about what life was like once the Franks went into hiding and the many risks Jan and Miep Gies took to supply them with what was necessary for their survival. Much of this book is very difficult to read because of what we find out about what happened to the Franks after their hiding place was discovered the morning of August 4, 1944. Although the Americans had already broken through German lines and were on their way to liberating France, the nightmare was far from over for Anne and her family who had been in hiding for over two years. They were taken to the transit camp at Westerbork and in September, around the same time that Belgium was liberated, they were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It’s especially sobering to learn that Anne was on the last transit train to leave Holland for Auschwitz. Muller draws on interviews with those who survived the harrowing experiences Anne endured in the cattle cars and the camps: At Auschwitz she was housed along with 1000 other women in a lice and rat infested barracks originally intended to be a stable for 52 horses. After 8 weeks (and with Russian troops only 60 miles away) Anne, her mother and sister were transferred to Bergen Belsen which was so overcrowded that a tent had to be hastily erected to house the hundreds of new arrivals. It provided only minimal shelter, no sanitation and sporadically dispensed water and thin soup until other provisions could be found for the prisoners. Conditions weren’t much better for Anne after she was moved to an even more crowded barracks where she managed to survive throughout a winter of sub-zero temperatures. But sometime between the end of February and mid-March her endurance ran out and she died of the typhus epidemic that had also claimed her sister’s life. Although we know from the outset that Anne’s story has a brutally tragic ending, it’s even more difficult to read knowing that Bergen-Belsen was the first of the German death camps to be liberated by the British who arrived within two weeks of Anne’s death. Some people feel it’s too depressing to read books like this one. But I think it’s important to keep in mind that reading is meant to educate us as well as entertain us. To read about the horrors that claimed the lives of over six million Jews is to be reminded that we must not let ourselves become indifferent about what happened to the men, women and children who died so brutally in the death camps. And we need to be reminded that similar atrocities are happening today in places throughout the world where genocide is still being allowed to happen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I was disappointed because it seemed that most of the book was about Otto Frank and other adults and their business issues. Also somewhat disconcerting was the way the author skipped around in time. On the same page one reads about things said or occurring in 1942 and 1944, for example. I was interested in the way Anne expresses typical teenaged angst and coming of age behaviors even though in such horrific and even blizzare circumstances. Her writings (not just her diary) leads us to believe tha I was disappointed because it seemed that most of the book was about Otto Frank and other adults and their business issues. Also somewhat disconcerting was the way the author skipped around in time. On the same page one reads about things said or occurring in 1942 and 1944, for example. I was interested in the way Anne expresses typical teenaged angst and coming of age behaviors even though in such horrific and even blizzare circumstances. Her writings (not just her diary) leads us to believe that she might have been a major force in writing, had she survived. I had forgotten how close to rescue she really was at the time she and her sister died. Her time in the camps before her death was truly horrible and even unimaginable. Her biographer brought it to life for me and I was barely able to read through that part. I can not believe that there are still people who say the holocaust never happened. At the end of the book all Anne's family members and friends are listed with their own mini stories of survival or demise. Important reading for our time lest we ever begin to forget.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Negin

    This book gives a great deal of information about the family and friends and what happened to all of them after the war. It's very thorough and detailed. There is another one written by one of their family friends that I think would also be an interesting perspective. The writing was engaging and held my interest. I liked how the author interspersed Anne's writings throughout. One of the reasons that I enjoyed reading this is that we'll be staying very near to the Anne Frank Museum for a few day This book gives a great deal of information about the family and friends and what happened to all of them after the war. It's very thorough and detailed. There is another one written by one of their family friends that I think would also be an interesting perspective. The writing was engaging and held my interest. I liked how the author interspersed Anne's writings throughout. One of the reasons that I enjoyed reading this is that we'll be staying very near to the Anne Frank Museum for a few days quite soon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Review coming soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Whelan

    This is a real life story which gives a first hand view of what it was like to live through Hitler's reign in WW2. Anne Frank writes her diary from her hideout in an attic, the secret annex. It shows a young girls perspective on the war. It discusses everyday issues, including Anne's crush on a boy living with her. This is quite relevant to older children as they go through the same feelings. This book is suitable for upper KS2 children as it discusses WW2 and the faith of Jewish people at the t This is a real life story which gives a first hand view of what it was like to live through Hitler's reign in WW2. Anne Frank writes her diary from her hideout in an attic, the secret annex. It shows a young girls perspective on the war. It discusses everyday issues, including Anne's crush on a boy living with her. This is quite relevant to older children as they go through the same feelings. This book is suitable for upper KS2 children as it discusses WW2 and the faith of Jewish people at the time. Anne Frank allows everyone to see into her everyday life in hiding. This includes their fear of being found, fear of someone not returning and their constant struggle to ration food correctly. The story has happy times and sad times which shows the range of emotions people must have felt at this time. The book also has fear running throughout which will demonstrate the fear people had at this time. Children may find the book upsetting as it is a harrowing story of an awful time in the history of the world. However, it is extremely insightful and it is a story that a reader will never forget. The story of Anne Frank is known all over the world and is very relevant when studying WW2. It allows for cross curricular links with History. By the end of the book, the reader does not know the faith of Anne Frank or her family. This is a greater opener for discussion on what possibly might have happened to her and the thousands of other Jewish people like her. It is a difficult and upsetting story to read but it is definitely worth exploring in school as it shows the war from another point of view.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beth Withers

    or several years, I taught The Diary of Anne Frank as an 8th grade English teacher. I have read several books on Anne, including a couple of different biographies. I was eager to read this one, and I was not disappointed. I would consider the most comprehensive biography of an incredible young woman. I learned many things about Anne that were only alluded to in other things I have read. I have a clearer picture of the true person that she was than I have had before. Muller does not canonize Anne or several years, I taught The Diary of Anne Frank as an 8th grade English teacher. I have read several books on Anne, including a couple of different biographies. I was eager to read this one, and I was not disappointed. I would consider the most comprehensive biography of an incredible young woman. I learned many things about Anne that were only alluded to in other things I have read. I have a clearer picture of the true person that she was than I have had before. Muller does not canonize Anne but presents her as the talented multi-faceted teenager that she was. Sometimes she is a spoiled little girl, and at other times, she is a young woman who has insights that few teenagers would have. Additional information is included in this book also, information about her father's business (which frankly left me confused, to be honest!), relevant historical information, and insights into her extended family. The reader especially gets to know her father much more, which would be expected since he alone of the family survived. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about this extraordinary young lady whose writings have touched so many and who has left a lasting legacy beyond value. **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.**

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Kovatch

    remember and pray that it doesn't happen again

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Petersen

    Outstanding book! I would definitely recommend this one. Questions still remain to this day on who betrayed the residents of the secret annex.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Everydayreader1

    Anne Frank is a name many readers know well. In the summer of 1942, she went into hiding, along with her immediate family, to avoid being deported to a Nazi concentration camp. During that time, she kept a diary chronicling the events of her life. A little over two years later, she and her family were discovered, arrested and deported to death camps. Melissa Müller has written Anne's biography. I found this biography most interesting. Not only does it contain many of Anne Frank's diary entries, i Anne Frank is a name many readers know well. In the summer of 1942, she went into hiding, along with her immediate family, to avoid being deported to a Nazi concentration camp. During that time, she kept a diary chronicling the events of her life. A little over two years later, she and her family were discovered, arrested and deported to death camps. Melissa Müller has written Anne's biography. I found this biography most interesting. Not only does it contain many of Anne Frank's diary entries, it also expands upon the details of her life, friends, family and those who helped the Frank family while in hiding. It also provides a detailed account of what became of those most closely associated with Anne following World War II. I first read "The Diary of Anne Frank" as a young girl and have reread it several times since. It is a book that has always stayed with me, close to my heart. Anyone with an interest in this subject will find this biography interesting, I think. I recommend it, and will revisit again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dindy

    One might think that if you have read Anne Frank's diary, you would know everything there is to know about Anne, but you would be wrong. Melissa Muller does an incredible job of fleshing out Anne's diary with writings, photos, and historical records from the time. One of the things that always saddens me the most about Anne Frank is how close the family came to survival. At the time their annex was raided, the allied invasion had started. If the family could only have remained hidden a little lon One might think that if you have read Anne Frank's diary, you would know everything there is to know about Anne, but you would be wrong. Melissa Muller does an incredible job of fleshing out Anne's diary with writings, photos, and historical records from the time. One of the things that always saddens me the most about Anne Frank is how close the family came to survival. At the time their annex was raided, the allied invasion had started. If the family could only have remained hidden a little longer, or survived for a little longer in the concentration camps, then none of us would probably ever have heard of Anne Frank. One of Melissa Muller's most successful feats in this biography is to remind us that Anne was a teen-ager, in the most turbulent period of her life. At a time when she should have been free to test against her boundaries, to rebel against her parents,to grow into a separate person, she was confined into a small space with her parents and with another family and a middle aged man. She couldn't even rebel openly against her parents, against the restrictions, because the annex residents had to be as quiet as possible lest someone from outside become aware of their presence. Inexplicably, when the middle aged dentist moves into the annex, Anne is the one who has to room with him. Thinking back to my own teen-aged years, I can only imagine how horrible that must have been for Anne. Muller does an excellent job of letting us see what else was going on during Anne's short life. Whereas previous books i have read have been slightly critical of Otto Frank for not getting his family out of Holland before the war started, Muller makes it clear that Otto tried to get his family to another country, to Switzerland, South America or the US, but was thwarted on all sides by cumbersome Visa requirements and financial restrictions. It struck me when I read this book how little we have learned from the lessons of the Holocaust. We decry the murder of 5 million Jews, but ignore the modern day holocausts that are occurring in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Central America. We shake our heads at the barriers that were put in place to keep the Jews from emigrating to other countries, but we do nothing to ease the barriers we have in place today to keep people from immigrating to the US. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in World War II, in Anne Frank, or, for that matter, for anyone who has a stake in the immigration issues that exist today.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I bought this book at the Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. The house was the single most moving "monument" I've ever visited. Heartbreaking, yet filled with hope because of the great risk so many people took in helping hide the Frank family. It was a reminder that although the world is filled with great evil, it is also filled with great kindness and compassion. Melissa Muller did an excellent job of portraying Ann as a real teenager, and not as the Jewish martyr that so many authors tend to do. She I bought this book at the Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. The house was the single most moving "monument" I've ever visited. Heartbreaking, yet filled with hope because of the great risk so many people took in helping hide the Frank family. It was a reminder that although the world is filled with great evil, it is also filled with great kindness and compassion. Melissa Muller did an excellent job of portraying Ann as a real teenager, and not as the Jewish martyr that so many authors tend to do. She was a real, flawed, human being, with hopes, dreams, ambitions and flaws. The real hero of this biography was Otto Frank; Ann's father. The choices he made were heartbreaking, but necessary to keep his family together. In a time when father's tended to be distant, Otto was highly involved in his children's lives, and loved them beyond anything else. He was a wonderfully strong man who gave his entire soul to try and save his family, which he ultimately could not do. The author also did an excellent job of painting a picture of what life was like during WWII Amsterdam. It's difficult to imagine such a liberal, progressive city being occupied by the Nazis. Ms. Muller helped explain how it was able to happen. A well researched, thoughful and honest tribute to Ann Frank and her family.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Muller wrote a good bio of Anne, with a few reservations. Another more recent biographer discovered who actually betrayed the family to the Nazis which is info Muller didn't have available. This one does a more honest job on Anne's personailty. She is presented as a bit of a brat, which a relative who knew her (Buddy Elias) had called her as well. Anne was spoiled, but not simply for being the youngest. Her health was poor and she might have had a heart condition. They were just very fortunate t Muller wrote a good bio of Anne, with a few reservations. Another more recent biographer discovered who actually betrayed the family to the Nazis which is info Muller didn't have available. This one does a more honest job on Anne's personailty. She is presented as a bit of a brat, which a relative who knew her (Buddy Elias) had called her as well. Anne was spoiled, but not simply for being the youngest. Her health was poor and she might have had a heart condition. They were just very fortunate that no one, especially Anne, did have any serious illnesses while in hiding. However, the book felt rather remote and not as though the author had emotionally connected with the group as people. She did give Edith a more sympathetic portrayal than Anne did. I think most adults can guess that Edith was portrayed as difficult and uncaring by a teenager who likely would have had a different opinion if she had been given more years to grow up and see her mother in a more adult light. I did like the encyclopedia like summary at the end of what came of all the people mentioned in the book. It was also fascinating to hear that perhaps there was a real person named Kitty who hung onto her anonymity after the war and never came forward to claim the fame that would have been hers if she had spoken up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Anne Frank: The Biography is a revised copy of Melissa Müller’s previous work and one well worth reading. Müller, through further research and documents previously unavailable to her, has allowed Müller to show the world a far more in-depth look at Anne Frank through beautiful, thought provoking prose, adding more depth and breadth of information than in the previous version and for those who have read about Anne Frank and think they have heard it all, I highly recommend Anne Frank: The Biograph Anne Frank: The Biography is a revised copy of Melissa Müller’s previous work and one well worth reading. Müller, through further research and documents previously unavailable to her, has allowed Müller to show the world a far more in-depth look at Anne Frank through beautiful, thought provoking prose, adding more depth and breadth of information than in the previous version and for those who have read about Anne Frank and think they have heard it all, I highly recommend Anne Frank: The Biography.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barb Wiseberg

    I just finished reading the updated version of this book, published in 2013. Additional material has been added, given the reader a deeper understanding of Anne's family, going back a few generations. A must read for those who appreciate the important of reading Holocaust literature.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Misk

    Such a nice book!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    Read this one (in English) long ago. This is one of those that I think all should read...up close and personal and knowing history's fate for her made a dent in my soul.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    Anne Frank: The Biography Melissa Muller Nonfiction 256 pages The first biography of the girl whose fate has touched the lives of millions was a great book. For people all over the world, Anne Frank, the vivacious, intelligent Jewish girl with a crooked smile and huge dark eyes, has become the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary of twenty-five months in hiding, a precious record of her struggle to keep hope alive through the darkest days of this century, has touched the hearts of millions. Here Anne Frank: The Biography Melissa Muller Nonfiction 256 pages The first biography of the girl whose fate has touched the lives of millions was a great book. For people all over the world, Anne Frank, the vivacious, intelligent Jewish girl with a crooked smile and huge dark eyes, has become the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary of twenty-five months in hiding, a precious record of her struggle to keep hope alive through the darkest days of this century, has touched the hearts of millions. Here, after five decades, is the first biography of this remarkable figure. Drawing on exclusive interviews with family and friends, on previously unavailable correspondence, and on documents long kept secret, Melissa Muller creates a nuanced portrait of her famous subject. This is the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank and so all the more affecting--Anne Frank restored to history. Muller traces Frank's life from an idyllic childhood in an assimilated family well established in Frankfurt banking circles to her passionate adolescence in German-occupied Amsterdam and her desperate in Bergen the age of sixteen. Full of revelations, this richly textured biography casts new light on Anne's relations with her mother, whom she treats harshly in the diary, and solves an enduring mystery: who betrayed the families hiding in the annex just when liberation was at hand? This is an indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper, richer understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died. This book states all about Anne’s life. It states her diary “Kitty” but the whole book is not the diary. I would give this book a three because it is nonfiction and that is my least favorite genre. Also a goal for me was to compare two books that are alike. Last quarter I read her diary. This book was overall boring especially because I just read a book about Anne Frank. This book I really did not like because it was boring and the vocabulary was not hard. I knew all the words besides maybe one. I would also not give this book a four or five because the figurative language was not very good. Nonfiction really doesn’t interest so I didn’t enjoy the book as much. Anne Frank is a fun person to learn about its just that I just read her diary. I would not give this book a two or a one because the book wasn’t awful it just wasn’t great. That is why I went in the middle. In conclusion, I would give this book a three because it was boring and my least favorite genre.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    In all of her post-war fame, I think it is difficult not to generalize Anne Frank’s experiences to some extent, and to unintentionally hold her in the mind as more of an abstract symbol than as an actual person. Especially in light of World War II’s utterly incomprehensible and brutal nature, it’s almost impossible for most people to contemplate the individual personality and uniqueness of a young girl in the midst of so much chaos. But Müller’s portrayal of Anne Frank and accompanying narrative In all of her post-war fame, I think it is difficult not to generalize Anne Frank’s experiences to some extent, and to unintentionally hold her in the mind as more of an abstract symbol than as an actual person. Especially in light of World War II’s utterly incomprehensible and brutal nature, it’s almost impossible for most people to contemplate the individual personality and uniqueness of a young girl in the midst of so much chaos. But Müller’s portrayal of Anne Frank and accompanying narrative challenge readers to consider Anne as a whole, complex and ever-changing human being rather than a simplified symbol of survival and perseverance. In doing so, Müller not only honors the true memory of Anne Frank, but simultaneously recognizes and values the individual lives and experiences of ALL World War II victims. In this account, Anne Frank is a complicated, growing teenage girl with contradictions and imperfections all her own. She has a profound sense of self-awareness (which, of course, is one of the reasons her writing is so appealing) but she is also moody, physically frail, and— as so many teenagers are— prone to moments of cruelty toward those around her. When all is said and done, Anne Frank’s story is an extraordinary one. This biography prompts not only an inner exploration of the human capacity for good and evil, as all war accounts do, but also a contemplation of more basic concepts; finding and outgrowing friends, living with and learning to love a complex family, growing up in and contending with a world full of seemingly endless contradictions. And, indeed, adjusting to the inherent and inevitable contradictions within ourselves. In a beautiful literary duet that spans several generations, Müller and Frank together explore both the horror and magnificence of life itself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    4Duran D

    In comparison to the Diary, The Biography of Anne Frank was a great, easy read because the story was being told from an outside perspective. The book flowed very nicely, as opposed to the series of journal entries by Anne Frank, herself, that were a lot more challenging to follow. The book emphasized the challenges that were faced “up in that annex” (75) and the atrocities committed during the “unforgettable atrocities committed during the Holocaust” (11) as a whole. The author did an excellent In comparison to the Diary, The Biography of Anne Frank was a great, easy read because the story was being told from an outside perspective. The book flowed very nicely, as opposed to the series of journal entries by Anne Frank, herself, that were a lot more challenging to follow. The book emphasized the challenges that were faced “up in that annex” (75) and the atrocities committed during the “unforgettable atrocities committed during the Holocaust” (11) as a whole. The author did an excellent job of writing the events that occurred in story almost identically to the sequence they were written in Anne Frank’s diary entries. The author’s main purpose was to educate readers about the holocaust and came across it in a very effective way: by telling the well-known story of Anne Frank. The book was very easy to read because the author was telling a story, whereas, Anne Frank was illustrating a personal experience. The text was very simple and the author made sure to elaborate on the “overall effect of the horrible event” (82), and as someone who as read the actual diary as well, the dialogue and diction was a lot simpler in its complexity. This portrayed the message given in both novels in a very easier way and helped reader better understand the reality of what was occurring at that time. Overall, the book was very enjoyable because of both the educational and dramatic aspects.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    So much more than just the Anne Frank narrative, Müller's updated biography tells a broad story not just limited to the Franks, although this family and the other residents of the Secret Annex are the focal point. It also encompasses the events, policies, and mania of Nazi Germany and occupied Europe that ultimately resulted in the Holocaust. By looking at it through the experiences of the Franks, their helpers, extended family and friends, it puts a tragedy of incomprehensible proportions into So much more than just the Anne Frank narrative, Müller's updated biography tells a broad story not just limited to the Franks, although this family and the other residents of the Secret Annex are the focal point. It also encompasses the events, policies, and mania of Nazi Germany and occupied Europe that ultimately resulted in the Holocaust. By looking at it through the experiences of the Franks, their helpers, extended family and friends, it puts a tragedy of incomprehensible proportions into a deeper context. Müeller's work is exhaustively researched and richly detailed without reading like a history text. She describes the lives of her subjects before, during, and after the war in a way that is sympathetic, thorough, fair, balanced, and ultimately compelling. Millions have read Anne's diary; the biography provides a heartbreaking and poignant depth both to her life and to the human toll of the Holocaust as a whole. I couldn't recommend this book more seriously. For those who wish to delve further into Anne's life and family, I found my understanding to be greatly enriched. For those seeking a perspective on the Holocaust beyond photos of Auschwitz and staggering statistics, I found a lens on the darkest side of humanity and the brightest light of hope.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Khayree

    Anne Frank a book based on a true story during World War 2. It discussed the the way they survived in hiding in the second floor of an factory with another family. As you know the book was based on a Jewish family trying to survive until the Americans came to save them from torment. They hid by day and night, but would have to stay still and not even using the bathroom until about 8:00. Also there was two famlies but one did'nt come until later on in the story. The Frank Family consisted of bot Anne Frank a book based on a true story during World War 2. It discussed the the way they survived in hiding in the second floor of an factory with another family. As you know the book was based on a Jewish family trying to survive until the Americans came to save them from torment. They hid by day and night, but would have to stay still and not even using the bathroom until about 8:00. Also there was two famlies but one did'nt come until later on in the story. The Frank Family consisted of both parents, Anne, and her older sister. So when the other family finally comes the son of that family fell in love with Anne and stayed with her until they were found by the Nazi troops and put into concintreation camps. While in camps people were horribly punished taking gas baths and their hair was cut off along with all the others with, their hair was used to package weapons for the Nazis. Unfortunely Anne died from starvation just a little while before the Americans died. Her father lived long enough to publish her journal and to start a new family.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Won this in a librarything giveaway. Tone is slightly mawkish at times and veers every now and then into hagiography. Little analysis or insight. If you're interested in Anne Frank, read her diary; if you're interested in the Holocaust or Jewish history during the war, read any book about it at random and it'll likely be better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mazzoli

    Una storia unica , che muove alla riflessione. VOTO: 7

  29. 4 out of 5

    Parvu Andreea

    Interesting to see the maturity process described in a journal. The story combines perfectly the adolescent love with fear of war, expressing feelings and conflict with the parents. It is a great aha moment on making a retrospective of our mindset as adolescents. Unfortunately this is such a sad story, I am convinced Anne would have been a great writer also as a mature person.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aries Eroles

    Perhaps one of the story that holds on to the times during the atrocities of Hitler's Nazi towards the Jew is the story of the youmg girl we know only so much by the only document she left- her diary. I read the diary in many occasions and it never failed to present to me as a strong and sublime literary work even in its simplicity you eould not expect a thirteen year old child to produce. Still on the emotional whims brought by adolescence I see on Anne Frank the strenght and character worthy o Perhaps one of the story that holds on to the times during the atrocities of Hitler's Nazi towards the Jew is the story of the youmg girl we know only so much by the only document she left- her diary. I read the diary in many occasions and it never failed to present to me as a strong and sublime literary work even in its simplicity you eould not expect a thirteen year old child to produce. Still on the emotional whims brought by adolescence I see on Anne Frank the strenght and character worthy of admiration. I cannot help but sometimes ask myself of hypothetical question like, "What would.happen if Anne Frank survived the war?". I fell in love with the character of Anne Frank because she is the embodiment of a woman I longed for. A woman whose all intent is not to be shadowed by anybody elseuch it is a man. We owe Otto for giving us her and for not taking us away Anne's diary. Unfortunately, there are people denying Anne Frank's legacy and even the Holocaust. These are the same of the broods belonging to the skeptics claiming Armstrong never went to the moon and are subjects of bigotry whose propositions can be easily be dispensed with. Müller's narrative provides a gleaming account of Anne Frank's short life. While she has excellent words for Anne Frank she nonetheless threads on Anne's faults (some are apparent in Anne's diary). But the central question which I immediately posited after reading the diary is gladfully answered in this book. What happened to Anne, Margot, Otto amd Edith after their arrest? Müller continues how remained hopeful that the Allied forces would eventually rescue them from their worst nightmare, that the Russians, or the British, or the Americans would bomb the tracks halting trains from going anywhere. What Anne Frank reveals in her diary is how the Nazi shook her emotional being during their hiding is sad but Müller's descriptive account on the atrocities of the Nazi subject their Jew prisoners is at some extent hprrifying and extremely nauseating. How would a human being much a child be able to survive those? It is unthinkable to a very wide degree that some people branded themselves as Neo-Nazists and think of Hitler as their hero. I cannot understand and can never fathom any reason would be valid to subject people to this horrible experience. In Miep Geis motes at the end of thenew edition she asks, "Why then, I keep asking myself, do people ask such a question? [How I found the courage to help the Franks?] Why do so many hesitate when the time comes to help their fellow human beings?". Mellisa Müller's biography of Anne Frank let is know the subject more and love her more.

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