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Hannah Goslar Remembers: A Childhood Friend of Anne Frank Paperback – 14 Jan 1999


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (14 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747540276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747540274
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the remarkable and very moving story of Hannah Goslar, a childhood friend of Anne Frank. Starting with the disappearance of the Frank family, supposedly to safety in Switzerland, Hannah's memoir takes us through the fear of waiting for the Nazi's knock at the door, the actual deportation and the fear, the anxiety and the sheer horror that awaited them at the concentration camps.

Interspersed with the grim reality of Hannah's life after Anne's disappearance and her own family's arrest are flashbacks to happier times when Hannah, Anne and their friends played ping-pong and had sleepovers like any other young teenagers. The innocence of those times is in marked contrast to the horror, the dirt and the fear of Hannah's life as she desperately tries to keep herself and her young sister, Gabi, alive.

This is a moving and heartbreaking portrayal of the horror of living through the Second World War which adds another dimension to Anne Frank's diary. It is also the story of a young girl's strength and determination when faced with a situation over which she has no control and even less understanding. (Ages 10 and over) --Philippa Reece

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This is Hannah Goslar's story, as told to Alison Leslie Gold. Alison Leslie Gold is also the author of A Special Fate, the story of Chiune Sugihara, a "Japanese Schindler." Chiune was a Japanese diplomat who lived in Lithuania and who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during WWII (Scholastic, USA). Gold lives in the USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 20 May 2008
Format: Paperback
This book tells the story of Hannah Goslar and her own memories of her childhood friendship with Anne Frank.
The book tells of Hannah and Anne's circle of friends, and her own family.
Both girls met when they were four, and both were from families that fled from Nazi Germany to the Netherlands.
Their carefree girlhood, swimming, playing ping pong, having sleepovers, gossiping about boys and giggling in class, was brought to an end by the Nazis who had occupied Netherlands in 1940 and began their persecution of the Jews, sweeping them into poverty and humiliation.
Hannah Goslar had thought that Anne and her family had escaped to safety in Switzerland and knew nothing of their hiding in the Secret Annexe.
Later Hannah and her family were swept by the Nazis together with thousands of other Jews into a deportation center in the Netherlands.
The fact that the Goslar family were on the list of those who were to be allowed to immigrate to Israel, these lists were cancelled due to an agreement between the Nazis and the Palestinian leader Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al Husseini that no Jews were to go to Israel.
At the various concentration camps and at Belsen, Hannah kept her strength so that she could keep her baby sister Gabi alive (Gabi was only three when the family was forced into a deportation camp and four when they were deported to Belsen).
Hannah actually met her friend Anne through the fence at Belsen, a few months before Anne's death.
This book, for young readers aged about ten and up, is a wonderful educational guide to the horrors of the holocaust and those who survived.
A heartrending passage in the book describes how "Gabi and other small children didn't know what cookies and holiday cakes were, nor did they know what chicken was anymore.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessi VINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
'The Little Dipper Minus Two' was the name five young girls jokingly bestowed on their ping-pong club. After weekly games, they would troop off to an ice cream parlour with their arms around one another, gossiping in a lively fashion - until the day that signs saying 'No Jews' appeared on the doors of most cafes, the girls themselves were forced to wear yellow stars proclaiming their religion, and one by one they either went into hiding or were shipped off to the Nazi concentration camps.
Hannah Goslar, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, has collaborated with Alison Leslie Gold to write a haunting and powerful book that describes her deportation to Bergen-Belsen as a 'privileged' Jew - and her eventual reunion with her friend Anne, who was dressed in rags, sick to her stomach, and definitely not in the 'privileged' section of the camp. Hannah and her young sister escaped death by sickness or in the gas chambers and returned with their faith in God still intact, even though their entire family had died in the camps. The description of the liberation makes you want to dance and sing for joy - especially when Gabi tastes her first ever sugar cookie.
Only two members of the Little Dipper club survived, and yet Hannah remains positive in a way that few people can - for, as she explains, the 'pulsating old stars move majestically, eternally across the heavens'. Hannah Goslar has remembered well. The ones who died are not forgotten.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2001
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Hannah Gosler Remembers is a fantastic book. It is very emotianal. Reading it brings you to tears. It makes you see how hard it really was for the Jews during the 2nd World War. As a girl of 12 I can hardly believe that she was the same age as me when she went into her first concentration camp. The book describes how hard she had to work and how her family were all split up. The interesting thing abotu Hannah Gosler is she was a child hood friend of Anne Frank and in the book she meets her again.
I think people between the age of 11 onwoards should read it. It is very good. And if you enjoy it you should read Anne Franks diary too. WARNING: If you are very sensitive you will cry all the way htrough this book. I know I did!!!
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By Tish on 8 Nov. 2014
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Very good read! Highly recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Childhood friend 14 May 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book. The author described life in the camps quite well.However it is not one of the best holocaust book I have read.The grammer was not always perfect.This could be because the author wanted the book to sound more like Hannah.(She learned her English 50 years ago.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great book 28 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this was a great book, and it is about Hannah Goslar, a girl living in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. It was very interseting, because later on she meets her old friend Anne Frank in a concentration camp. This book is very sad, so beware.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anne Frank's childhood friend remembers 5 Mar. 2008
By Gary Selikow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book tells the story of Hannah Goslar and her own memories of her childhood friendship with Anne Frank.
The book tells of Hannah and Anne's circle of friends, and her own family.
Both girls met when they were four, and both were from families that fled from Nazi Germany to the Netherlands.
Their carefree girlhood, swimming, playing ping pong, having sleepovers, gossiping about boys and giggling in class, was brought to an end by the Nazis who had occupied Netherlands in 1940 and began their persecution of the Jews, sweeping them into poverty and humiliation.
Hannah Goslar had thought that Anne and her family had escaped to safety in Switzerland and knew nothing of their hiding in the Secret Annexe.
Later Hannah and her family were swept by the Nazis together with thousands of other Jews into a deportation center in the Netherlands.
The fact that the Goslar family were on the list of those who were to be allowed to immigrate to Israel, these lists were cancelled due to an agreement between the Nazis and the Palestinian leader Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al Husseini that no Jews were to go to Israel.
At the various concentration camps and at Belsen, Hannah kept her strength so that she could keep her baby sister Gabi alive (Gabi was only three when the family was forced into a deportation camp and four when they were deported to Belsen).
Hannah actually met her friend Anne through the fence at Belsen, a few months before Anne's death.
This book, for young readers aged about ten and up, is a wonderful educational guide to the horrors of the holocaust and those who survived.
A heartrending passage in the book describes how "Gabi and other small children didn't know what cookies and holiday cakes were, nor did they know what chicken was anymore. When someone tried to explain to the children what sugar tasted like it was hopeless because no one could find accurate enough words to describe to describe the glorious taste of sugar or cookies or cakes".
Hannah Goslar, as Hannah now lives in Israel, is a nurse, and had ten grandchildren as of the mid-1990s. Most holocaust survivors live in Israel today as do hundreds of thousands of their descendants
Five Stars 16 Nov. 2014
By Presley Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent and very enjoyable
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