Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend
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Autobiography and Biography
World War II, Women's History and Experience, World History, Life Experiences, Changes and New Experiences, Confronting and Resolving Fears, Death, Grief, Loss, Judaism, Understanding Self and Others, Tolerance and Acceptance
This stirring and emotional look into the life of Anne Frank's beloved childhood friend and Holocaust survivor, Hannah Pick-Goslar (known as "Lies" in Anne Frank's diary) is captivating. Anne and Hannah grew up in the same neighborhood in central Amsterdam and lived very similar lives. Pick-Goslar's narrative, under the tutelage of author Alison Leslie Gold, recalls the comfortable life both girls enjoyed before the Nazis. And Pick-Goslar describes the bright, funny girl she knew who suddenly disappeared from her life. The descriptions spare no detail in their accurate portrayal of the horrors of life in the concentration camps. It is ironic that both girls would be reunited at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and Hannah was again at Anne's side until the very end of her young life.
Hannah Pick-Goslar's involvement in this book gives credible testament to Anne's courage during the most horrific time of the 20th century. A phenomenal read for anyone desiring more information about Anne Frank. Unforgettable nonfiction for ages 9 to 12.