Anne Frank: The Biography

by Melissa Müller
Epilogue by Miep Gies
Translated by Robert Kimber

Picador | September 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805059970

ISBN - 13: 9780805059977

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Anne Frank: The Biography

Anne Frank: The Biography

by Melissa Müller
Epilogue by Miep Gies
Translated by Robert Kimber

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805059970

ISBN - 13: 9780805059977

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Anne Frank 1 {THE ARREST} Hush. Be quiet. Whisper. Walk softly ... take off your shoes. Who''s still in the bathroom? The water''s running. For God''s sake, don''t flush the toilet! After two years you should know better than to be so careless. Empty the chamber pots. Shove the beds back out of the way. The church bells are already ringing the half hour. When the workers arrive at 8:30, there has to be dead silence. The usual morning ritual in the secret annex. At 6:45 the alarm clock goes off in Hermann and Auguste van Pels''s room, so loud and shrill that it wakes the Franks and Fritz Pfeffer, who sleep one floor below. The sounds that come next are maddeningly familiar. A well-aimed blow from Mrs. van Pels silences the alarm. The floor creaks, softly at first, then louder. Mr. van Pels gets up, creeps down the steep stairs, and, the first in the bathroom, hurries to finish. Anne waits in bed until she hears the bathroom door creak again. Her roommate, Fritz Pfeffer, is next. Anne sighs, relieved, enjoying these few precious moments of solitude. With eyes closed, she listens to the birdsong in the backyard and stretches inher bed. Bed is hardly the word for the narrow sofa she has lengthened by putting a chair at one end. But Anne thinks it''s luxurious. Miep Gies, who brings the Franks their groceries, has told her that others in hiding are sleeping on the floor in tiny windowless sheds or in damp cellars. Dutifully, Anne gets up and opens the blackout curtains. Discipline
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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.

From the Jacket

Here, at last, is the first full biography of the girl whose fate touched the lives of millions. 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". Drawing on exclusive interviews with family and friends, on previously unavailable correspondence, and on five diary pages long kept secret, Melissa Muller creates a nuanced portrait of her famous subject. Here is Anne Frank returned to history -- the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting. Full of revelations, Muller''s richly textured biography 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? This is 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.

From Our Editors

The lively Jewish girl with dark eyes and a crooked smile has become the human face of the Holocaust for people all over the world. The first biography of its kind, Anne Frank draws on Melissa Muller's exclusive interviews with family and friends, previously unavailable correspondence and five diary pages long hidden, to create a vivid portrait of Anne. Filled with revelations, this book explores the real, flesh-and-blood Anne and her relationship with her mother, solving the mystery of who betrayed the families hiding in the annex before liberation.

Editorial Reviews

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

"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, Chicago Tribune

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