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Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family

Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family

Написано Mirjam Pressler

Озвучено Sherry Adams Foster


Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family

Написано Mirjam Pressler

Озвучено Sherry Adams Foster

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Apr 19, 2011
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9781441883032
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An old lady, an antiques dealer, dies in Basel, Switzerland. Her devoted daughter-in-law finally steels herself to do what all families must in the aftermath of a death-she heads upstairs to the attic to sort through the old lady's effects. But this wasn't just any old lady, and this wasn't just any old family house. Helene (Leni) Elias was born Helene Frank, only daughter of Alice Frank and sister of Otto Frank, who in turn was Anne Frank's father.

1929 destroyed the Franks' banking business in Frankfurt; the rise of the Nazi party began to destroy their lives. Alice, the matriarch, left Germany for Switzerland in the early 30's; her four children scattered to other European capitals, but she remained the hub of their lives; they wrote (voluminously), they sent photos, they visited for summer holidays and huge family reunions, and then of course wrote about them when they got home. Alice was their Central Post Office and their Telephone Exchange, and she kept every bit of it she could. In wardrobes, in steamer trunks, in drawers, in boxes, in packets tied up with ribbon and string-it all sat upstairs in her house. This was the house where her son Otto, Anne's father, had come to live for seven years as the sole survivor of his little family after the liberation of Auschwitz. Such memorabilia as he rescued also went upstairs. When Alice died, her daughter Helene inherited the house. When Helene died, her son Buddy, Anne's childhood playmate, and his wife Gerti, inherited in turn. And finally Gerti went upstairs to sort out the attic....

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  • (4/5)
    Anne Frank....for most of us she is a the writer of an incredible diary, a character portrayed on a stage or by an actress on tv. TREASURES FROM THE ATTIC brings to the forefront those people who embraced her in life. Her family. Those who knew her best and maybe not as well as they thought?Replete with long lost photos and personal letters, this close-knit family held tight to one another dating back to the 1700's. However the book focuses mainly on Anne's great grandparents, grandparents and cousins.She becomes real. Which somehow makes her story even sadder.",,,,life's most important lessons are endurance and bearing up under the blows of fate."
  • (2/5)
    There is no doubt that Anne Frank was an extraordinary writer and human being. Her family, though, until the rise of the Nazis, led very ordinary lives, and these simply do not make for fascinating reading. Yes, absolutely, this material should be recorded because they matter, because every human being matters, but there is really nothing compelling about the material. Were this not about Anne's family, no one would read it.Unforgivable is the author's decision to "recreate" conversations and invent actions to tell the story. There are already a ridiculous amount of accusations that the Holocaust is fiction, and literary devices used when writing of it are absolutely unnecessary.
  • (5/5)
    Unbeknownst to most people, Anne Frank's paternal grandmother as well as two of her uncles and her two cousins lived relatively unscathed lives in Switzerland while World War II sucked the life out of the Otto Frank family. Originally from Germany, the family had migrated to Switzerland, France, England and the Netherlands as the four brothers tried to escape the Nazi influence. The Netherlands proved the worst choice, and Anne, Margot and Edith Frank lost their lives as a result. But, before and after that time, lots of letters were written between these widely scattered relatives. And those letters that went to Switzerland were bundled up and stored in an attic, where they stayed unmolested for years until the wife of Anne's first cousin, Buddy, found them and realized their importance. Using those letters and other bits of family history materials, the lives of the Frank family has been reconstructed in this fascinating book which includes lots of pictures. The story basically takes the reader to the present-day. If you like history, you will find this a fascinating read. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    This is a fascinating look at the extended family of Anne Frank told through letters, pictures and postcards exchanged between Helene and her brother, Otto, the father of Anne Frank. There are notes of joy and happiness mixed in with the despair and concern of the family that comes to realize that Otto's family is trapped by the Nazis and there is no way for them to find freedom. Most people know the story of Anne and her family, but I don't think anyone has ever documented the horror that her family went through and with the literal treasure trove of newly found documents that this all comes to light. Any history lover would love to have this book on their shelf.
  • (5/5)
    I can remember when my father gave me The Diary of Anne Frank to read, I was twelve years old, we had just moved and he solemnly handed me the book. Over the years, I have read it four times. It made a huge impression on me so when I saw this book, Treasures from the Attic by Mirjam Pressler, I had to read it. Anne Frank’s aunt Helene Elias (Otto Frank’s sister) had passed away and left a huge amount of family letters, poems and pictures in her home. As the blurb on the inside cover says over 6,000 documents.What this book does is make a fuller picture of Anne, her family and the life of Jews in Germany in particular in Frankfurt. The author goes back to 1492, the year the Jews were required to live in a walled part of Frankfort. They were locked in at night and their occupations strictly limited to what was not wanted by the rest of the population. Over time, the accordion of oppression swung open and shut as there were looser or more restrictions. This part is so fascinating that I want to read more about the history of Frankfort.Then the author weaves the stories of Anne’s ancestors on both side with copies of the letters, poems and paintings and later poems. It was a surprise to see a family so talented in poetry. And Anne’s family were exceptionally loving and caring. When the book progressed to the period of the concentration camps and their aftermath, I had to stop reading and cry. The story is so sad and so maddening that so many are gone and for reasons of being hated. The searching for relatives and the awareness of the many who died was not neglected in this book. Her father learned about what his daughter was really like from her diary and we would read it learned what is was like to live in constant fear of being exposed and living a very restricted life. This book is like the frame around Anne Frank’s picture. I strongly recommend reading this memoir of a family in very heartbreaking times.