2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary tale about an ordinary person,
This review is from: Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family (Paperback)
Just finished reading this book. It is astonishing. I had no idea that the story of the woman who helped Anne Frank's family, so often mentioned in her book as their support, contact, protector, news bringer and supplier of food from the outside world while the Frank family were in captivity, had such a story to tell. I'm amazed at the insight that her story has given me into the world of Nazi Germany and what it meant at that time, not just to be a Jew, but also (Austrian) Dutch. I was captivated by her story of first going to work for Mr Frank, what type of man he was, then meeting his family, then sadly being asked to help them while they were in hiding. I was fascinated to hear on a day by day basis what she went through in the life that the Franks didn't see, and Anne didn't describe in her book. I was intrigued by the perception that stories have many different sides depending on who is telling the story and thought that perhaps only by hearing as many different versions as possible can we get closer to the truth. On a personal level I felt inspired. The author's honesty and loyalty shine out from every page. Her descriptions of the life and death situations she lived through have brought me closer to understanding what it was like for ordinary people to live through an extraordinary time, a time difficult for me to imagine, as it was before I was born. Somehow her descriptions of everyday life have brought a new depth of understanding to my own life and just like the story of Anne Frank, I feel Meip's story will affect me for the rest of my life.