Compiled by: Willy Lindwer
Six powerful, harrowing, moving interviews with women who knew Anne Frank in the final seven months of her life. Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank – the extraordinary Diary that she wrote during her two years in hiding in the Secret Annexe. But few know how that story ended. Here six women whose lives touched Anne Frank’s in her final months tell their story – of the terrible journey east to Auschwitz, of the daily privations and terror of the death camps, and of the friendships and courage that transcended even the most vile conditions. Anne Frank’s story did not end with the last words in her Diary; it ended alone on a filthy floor at Bergen-Belsen. These women were the lucky ones who lived.
For anyone who has followed this blog, knows just how much I enjoy reading stories about World War 2, which started by reading The Diary of a Young Girl.
So, when I saw this one, I just HAD to get it. This book has interviews of all the people who met Anne Frank after she was captured. The women who told us what happened to her, how she reacted to the changes, how did she live in those dark days.
One of the interviews that actually that of the girl (now a woman) who was Anne’s friend, the one she called “Lies Goosens” in the book. I remember just how worried Anne was for Lies..how she had nightmares of her being captured, and to know the fact that they were able to meet and talk for one last time, somehow made me feel a bit relieved, for a lack of a better word.
The book also has pictures of the women, the places that Anne and her family were taken to, so one gets an idea of how the girl who survived two years in a closed space, spent the rest of her life.
If you have read Anne Frank, you just NEED to read this, there is no other way about it. I rate this book a 4 out of 4.