By Melissa Müller


Praised as "remarkable," "meticulous," and "long overdue," Anne Frank: The Biography, initially released in 1998, nonetheless stands because the definitive account of the lady who has develop into "the human face of the Holocaust." packed with revelations, Müller's richly textured narrative back Anne Frank to historical past, portraying the flesh-and-blood woman unsentimentalized and so all of the extra affecting.

Now, 16 years after the booklet first seemed, a lot new details has come to mild: letters despatched via Otto Frank to kinfolk in the USA as he sought to to migrate together with his relatives, the identification of different suspects interested in the betrayal of the Franks, and significant information about the family's arrest and next destiny. Revised and up-to-date with greater than thirty percentage new fabric, this is often an critical quantity for all those that search a deeper realizing of Anne Frank and the brutal occasions during which she lived and died.

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Lieutenant of the Reserves Otto Frank” is clearly stenciled on the lid of the steel-reinforced trunk. ” “But …” Karl Silberbauer is obviously uncomfortable. This trunk has no business being here. It upsets his routine. ” Otto Frank, a Jew, is Silberbauer’s superior in military rank. “You would have been sent to Theresienstadt,” Silberbauer says. After the war, Otto Frank would quote this comment of Silberbauer’s. ” Silberbauer’s eyes dart nervously around the room, avoiding Otto Frank’s. ” When Silberbauer, incredulous, shakes his head, Otto Frank points to the wall on his right.

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. When Otto Heinrich Frank went to register the birth of his second daughter and said her full name, Annelies Marie, the clerks were confused. The clinic had recorded “infant Frank” as a boy. The Franks lived on Marbachweg on the outskirts of Frankfurt. After their wedding on May 12, 1925 (Otto’s thirty-sixth birthday), and a honeymoon trip to Italy, the couple had moved in with Otto’s mother at 4 Mertonstrasse, a street on Beethovenplatz in downtown Frankfurt.

Bystanders are watching them; being stared at is painful. The sunlight blinds them. Inside the truck it is dark again. Miep remains behind with van Maaren. The police have taken Victor Kugler and Johannes Kleiman away with the others. Miep sits at her desk, stunned, exhausted, drained. She could leave now, but she stays. What can she do to help her friends? Is there any way to rescue them? Will the police return? Minutes pass, or hours—Miep can’t tell. Her husband, Jan, finally comes back and rouses her from her stupor.

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