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By Melissa Müller

With an Epilogue by means of Miep Giess the 1st biography of the woman whose destiny has touched the lives of thousands. for individuals worldwide, Anne Frank, the vivacious, clever Jewish woman with a crooked smile and large darkish eyes, has turn into the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary of twenty-five months in hiding, a invaluable list of her fight to maintain desire alive throughout the darkest days of this century, has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands. the following, after 5 a long time, is the 1st biography of this awesome determine. Drawing on particular interviews with friends and family, on formerly unavailable correspondence, and on records lengthy stored mystery, Melissa Muller creates a nuanced portrait of her well-known topic. this can be the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so all of the extra affecting--Anne Frank restored to historical past. Muller lines Frank's existence from an idyllic adolescence in an assimilated relations good verified in Frankfurt banking circles to her passionate early life in German-occupied Amsterdam and her determined in Bergen Belsen on the age of 16. packed with revelations, this richly textured biography casts new mild on Anne's relatives 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 to hand? this can be an essential quantity for all those that search a deeper, richer figuring out of Anne Frank and the brutal instances within which she lived and died.

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Otto may not even have noticed this until Edith pointed it out. He had grown up without religious education. 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.

But the adults' world was rapidly darkening. Many in the privileged Poets' Quarter still believed-or chose to believe-that all was well, but they knew that in other parts of the city the National Socialist Bund Deutscher Madel (BDM), or League of German Girls, was gaining in popularity. The girls in the Bund were taught to be proud of their race: they were the future "German women," disciplined, obedient, and dutiful. Contact with Jews was forbidden. The BDM, like all the other Hitler Youth groups, was a relatively harmless indicator of the changing political climate.

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? When Victor Kugler hesitates, the SD men urge him on. Right in front of them, another stairway, barely wide enough for one person, leads to the upper floor of the secret annex. Kugler goes up the left side of this narrow stairway and opens a door.

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