Anne Frank in the World by Anne Frank House

Anne Frank in the World

Written by Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank in the World by Anne Frank House

This is a unique and powerful photographic history which documents the life and times of Anne Frank against a backdrop of war - but which also shows the continuing dangers of racism in today's world. Packed with photographs from the Frank family's albums, the archives of the Anne Frank House and news agencies throughout Europe, The World of Anne Frank is an essential companion for anyone who has ever read and loved The Diary of Anne Frank .


This is a moving pictorial guide to the life and times of Anne Frank - and the perfect companion to her diary, which has been translated into over 55 languages and read all over the world. This diary tells of the privations and tensions endured by Jewish refugees while hiding from the Germans in Second World War Amsterdam. Anne was 15 when she and her sister died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during a typhus epidemic, shortly before liberation. Her father, Otto, survived. He devoted the rest of his long life to promoting tolerance through the publication of Anne's diary and opening the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, hoping that people would vow 'never again'. An annual Holocaust Memorial Day and the newly instigated Anne Frank Awards for Moral Courage continue that momentum. This book gathers together over 200 photographs taken from the Frank family's albums, archives of the Anne Frank House and news agencies of Europe. Each monochrome photograph is annotated and arranged with explanatory text. Clear information is provided on the rise of the Nazis, use of propaganda, shocking events of the Holocaust, occupation of the Netherlands and liberation of the concentration camps, continuing with examples of racism to the present day. Separate sections relating to the Frank family are easily accessible. Captured on camera are surprising scenes, such as German Aryan children at a rally for the Day of Large Families at Frankfurt in 1937, or women busily sewing swastika flags - one for every German household. Perhaps most poignant are the carefree holiday snaps of the Frank family in happier times, which cannot be divorced from the terrible knowledge of what happened next. There are also images you might expect of people and places caught up in the conflict, depicting hope as well as despair, courage as well as capitulation. Inclusion of current examples of racism, like the Ku Klux Klan, makes it impossible to categorize the seeds of the Holocaust as a problem of the past. At a time of escalating rumour of war, such a record as this raises pertinent questions. When does patriotism become fascism? And when do suspicion and dislike turn into murderous prejudice? (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Anne Frank House

The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display.

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144 pages
Interest Age: From 12 To 99


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

3rd January 2003



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