Treasures From The Attic: The Extraordinary Story Of Anne Frank's Family

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Treasures From The Attic: The Extraordinary Story Of Anne Frank's Family

by Mirjam Pressler

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | November 7, 2013 | Hardcover |

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The story is one that is envisioned by many: a relative, an old woman who has lived in the same home for a lifetime, passes away, her death prompting the inevitable task of sorting through her effects by her surviving family. But in the attic in this particular house, a treasure trove of historic importance is found. Rarely does this become an actuality, but when Helene Elias died, no one could put a price on what she left behind.

Helene Elias was born Helene Frank, sister to Otto Frank, and therefore aunt to Anne Frank. Ensconced upstairs in the house she inherited from her mother, and eventually passed on to her son, Buddy Elias, Anne's cousin and childhood playmate, was the documented legacy of the Frank family: a vast collection of photos, letters, drawings, poems, and postcards preserved throughout decades-a cache of over 6,000 documents in all.
Chronicled by Buddy's wife, Gertrude, and renowned German author Mirjam Pressler, these findings weave an indelible, engaging, and endearing portrait of the family that shaped Anne Frank. They wrote to one another voluminously; recounted summer holidays, and wrote about love and hardships. They reassured one another during the terrible years and waited anxiously for news after the war had ended. Through these letters, they rejoiced in new life, and honored the memories of those they lost. 

Anne's family believed themselves to ordinary members of Germany's bourgeoisie. That they were wrong is part of history, and we celebrate them here with this extraordinary account.
 
 
Insert Authors' photo: © Jürgen Bauer
Mirjam Pressler is one of Germany's most beloved authors. She was the German translator of Anne Frank's diary.
  
 
 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.18 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038553339X

ISBN - 13: 9780385533393

Found in: History

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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

by Mirjam Pressler

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.18 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038553339X

ISBN - 13: 9780385533393

About the Book

Helene Elias--born Helene Frank, sister to Otto Frank, and therefore aunt to Anne Frank--left behind upon her death the documented legacy of the Frank family: a vast collection of photos, letters, drawings, poems, and postcards preserved throughout decades--a cache of more than 6,000 documents in all.

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1. Many Good and Beautiful Things basel, 1935 Alice leans against the window, her arm resting on the windowsill, and looks out onto the street at evening falling in the city. She loves the dusk, the blue hour between day and night, and always has. A man is turning the corner: it''s the Italian man who lives in the basement of the house kitty-corner to hers, and he is hauling a sack of either coal or potatoes, she can''t tell anymore in the twilight. But she sees the door of the house fly open and two children rush out, a boy and a girl, and she sees the man put his sack down when he catches sight of the children and spread out his arms to catch them and tumble them around, first the girl and then the boy. It''s a little painful for her to watch. That''s how Michael caught up his children when he came home, and they loved it, screaming and shrieking as much as those two on the other side of the street, whose delighted voices she can hear even through the closed window here on the third floor. She turns around, stands with her back against the window, and her eye falls on the large oval painting in the heavy gilded frame hanging on the opposite wall. She contemplates the little girl she once was and wonders if she ever greeted her father like that when she was a child. Probably not. August Stern was a sober and serious man, and Alice''s governess had always spoken of him with a lowered voice and deep respect. Alice cannot imagine that he ever once tumbled a child around in his
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The story is one that is envisioned by many: a relative, an old woman who has lived in the same home for a lifetime, passes away, her death prompting the inevitable task of sorting through her effects by her surviving family. But in the attic in this particular house, a treasure trove of historic importance is found. Rarely does this become an actuality, but when Helene Elias died, no one could put a price on what she left behind.

Helene Elias was born Helene Frank, sister to Otto Frank, and therefore aunt to Anne Frank. Ensconced upstairs in the house she inherited from her mother, and eventually passed on to her son, Buddy Elias, Anne's cousin and childhood playmate, was the documented legacy of the Frank family: a vast collection of photos, letters, drawings, poems, and postcards preserved throughout decades-a cache of over 6,000 documents in all.
Chronicled by Buddy's wife, Gertrude, and renowned German author Mirjam Pressler, these findings weave an indelible, engaging, and endearing portrait of the family that shaped Anne Frank. They wrote to one another voluminously; recounted summer holidays, and wrote about love and hardships. They reassured one another during the terrible years and waited anxiously for news after the war had ended. Through these letters, they rejoiced in new life, and honored the memories of those they lost. 

Anne's family believed themselves to ordinary members of Germany's bourgeoisie. That they were wrong is part of history, and we celebrate them here with this extraordinary account.
 
 
Insert Authors' photo: © Jürgen Bauer
Mirjam Pressler is one of Germany's most beloved authors. She was the German translator of Anne Frank's diary.
  
 
 

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MIRJAM PRESSLER is one of Germany's most beloved authors. She was the German translator of Anne Frank's diary.
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