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
About the Author
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.