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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. Now in paperback, here is the highly acclaimed first biography of the girl whose fate touched the lives of millions. Drawing on exclusive interviews with family and friends, on previously unavailable correspondence, and on five diary pages long kept secret, Melissa Muller has created a nuanced portrait of her famous subject. This is the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting. Full of revelations, Muller's book casts new light on Anne's relations with her mother and solves an enduring mystery: who betrayed the families hiding in the annex just when liberation was at hand? An indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died.

Melissa Müller is a journalist who has written extensively on childhood. She lives in Munich and Vienna.

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 Müller creates a nuanced portrait of her famous subject. This is the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and thereby all the more affectingAnne Frank restored to history. Müller 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 final days in Bergen-Belsen at the age of 16. 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.

"Müller pays respect to the legend, but she also does something long overdue. She saves Anne Frank from idolatry and impersonal symbolism by restoring her physical presence."R. Z. Sheppard, Time

"This meticulous and gripping narrative honors in full a life we thought we knew."Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

"Müller's biography . . . ably celebrates 'a life of singular intensity' . . . In the end, it does exactly what it should: sends us back to Anne's words."Julia Klein, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"One might ask, what remains to be said about Anne Frank? Quite a bit, as it turns out."Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Impressive, convincing."Carolyn Alessio, The Chicago Tribune

"Remarkable . . . Müller has achieved the near-impossible by restoring human proportions to the near mythical Anne."Susan Jacoby, Newsday

Synopsis:

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. Now in paperback, here is the highly acclaimed first biography of the girl whose fate touched the lives of millions. Drawing on exclusive interviews with family and friends, on previously unavailable correspondence, and on five diary pages long kept secret, Melissa Muller has created a nuanced portrait of her famous subject. This is the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting. Full of revelations, Muller's book casts new light on Anne's relations with her mother and solves an enduring mystery: who betrayed the families hiding in the annex just when liberation was at hand? An indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died.

About the Author

Melissa Müller is a journalist who has written extensively on childhood. She lives in Munich and Vienna.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805059977
Subtitle:
The Biography
Translator:
Kimber, Robert; Kimber, Rita
Translator:
Kimber, Robert; Kimber, Rita
Translator:
Kimber, Rita; Kimber, Robert
Translator:
Kimber, Robert
Author:
Gies, Miep
Author:
Kimber, Robert
Author:
Muller, Melissa
Translator:
Kimber, Rita
Author:
Kimber, Rita
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Jewish children
Subject:
Frank, anne, 1929-1945
Subject:
Amsterdam
Subject:
Jewish children in the Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Historical
Edition Number:
1st Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1853
Publication Date:
19990915
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Religion » Judaism » Holocaust
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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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. Now in paperback, here is the highly acclaimed first biography of the girl whose fate touched the lives of millions. Drawing on exclusive interviews with family and friends, on previously unavailable correspondence, and on five diary pages long kept secret, Melissa Muller has created a nuanced portrait of her famous subject. This is the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting. Full of revelations, Muller's book casts new light on Anne's relations with her mother and solves an enduring mystery: who betrayed the families hiding in the annex just when liberation was at hand? An indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died.

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