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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - A must read, 20 May 2012
This book definitely teaches you more about the family of Anne Frank than the Diary Of A Young Girl in the sense that most of the book is written like a novel, and focuses on the correspondence between Anne's Aunt Leni, her Grandmother, Alice and her father Otto whilst he was in Auschwitz looking for his family after their separation. The book contains original letters, written exactly as they would have been, and photographs of documents and family members. The book switches from a 'documentary style' in writing, to family saga, (the book begins with a young Anne playing with her cousin Buddy)and this shows us the 'pleasant side' to life for the Frank family before it all went horribly wrong. The letters from a young girl who met Margot and Anne in Belsen to Otto vividly describing the horrendous conditions and disease are nothing short of heartbreaking. I'm not one to cry whilst reading a book, but during these sections I found myself fighting back tears. But this book shows the true determination Otto had to give his daughter what she always wanted - her own book published. A brilliant testimony to a girl who will certainly never be forgotten.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I was fascinated, 1 May 2013
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This was fascinating. It gave so much background on Anne Frank's ancestors that I began to see her in a completely different context from that of the diary. It would have been so interesting to see how she developed had she survived.

I did get really bogged down in the earliest bits, though, and had to re-read it to work out how all the generations fitted together.
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