By Melissa Müller
With an Epilogue by way of Miep Giess the 1st biography of the lady whose destiny has touched the lives of thousands. for individuals world wide, Anne Frank, the vivacious, clever Jewish woman with a crooked smile and enormous darkish eyes, has turn into the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary of twenty-five months in hiding, a worthy list of her fight to maintain desire alive in the course of the darkest days of this century, has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands. right here, after 5 a long time, is the 1st biography of this impressive determine. Drawing on particular interviews with friends and family, on formerly unavailable correspondence, and on records lengthy stored mystery, Melissa Muller creates a nuanced portrait of her recognized topic. this can be the flesh-and-blood Anne Frank, unsentimentalized and so all of the extra affecting--Anne Frank restored to heritage. Muller lines Frank's lifestyles from an idyllic youth in an assimilated kinfolk good proven in Frankfurt banking circles to her passionate youth in German-occupied Amsterdam and her determined in Bergen Belsen on the age of 16. packed with revelations, this richly textured biography casts new gentle on Anne's kin along with her mom, whom she treats harshly within the diary, and solves a permanent secret: who betrayed the households hiding within the annex simply while liberation was once to hand? this can be an quintessential quantity for all those that search a deeper, richer knowing of Anne Frank and the brutal occasions within which she lived and died.
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Wherever they went, he needed work. There were not enough savings to finance life in exile for any length of time; besides, no foreign country would grant him a residence permit unless he had a job. Otto's brother-in-law, Erich Elias, came up with the best idea. The two men had known each other since the winter of 1919, when Erich had worked at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as an agent and stockbroker for the banking firm of Heichelheim Brothers. As a partner in the Michael Frank Bank, Otto had done business with him and come to appreciate him not only as a capable banker but also as a sympathetic and serious person.
She wanted her children to grow up with nature and to play outside in the fresh air as much as possible. Then, too, housing in downtown Frankfurt was scarce, and rents correspondingly high. Apartments on Marbachweg were spacious (14] and affordable. Still, the Franks must have thought twice before they decided to move there. The environment was entirely unlike the upper-middle-class Jewish milieu Otto and Edith were used to. The neighborhood's new residents were government officials, teachers, and white-collar workers, not independent businessmen like Otto Frank.
On the upper floor were the master bedroom, Margot's room, and a room for the housekeeper, Kati Stilgenbauer, for whom the children and their parents would develop a great fondness. Fortunately, there was also a guest room to accommodate Edith's mother and brothers, who often came from Aachen to visit. Next door, on the ground floor of number 305, lived the landlord, Otto Konitzer, with his wife and three children. A teacher, he had built the house with the help of a loan from the housing cooperative of the Frankfurt teachers association.