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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mirjam Pressler Narrator: Sherry Adams Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An old lady, an antiques dealer, dies in Basel, Switzerland. Her devoted daughter-in-law finally steels herself to do what all families must in the aftermath of a death - she heads upstairs to the attic to sort through the old lady's effects. But this wasn't just any old lady, and this wasn't just any old family house. Helene (Leni) Elias was born Helene Frank, only daughter of Alice Frank and sister of Otto Frank, who in turn was Anne Frank's father. The crash of 1929 destroyed the Franks' banking business in Frankfurt; the rise of the Nazi party began to destroy their lives.

Alice, the matriarch, left Germany for Switzerland in the early 1930s; her four children scattered to other European capitals, but she remained the hub of their lives. They wrote (voluminously), they sent photos, they visited for summer holidays and huge family reunions, and then, of course, wrote about them when they got home. Alice was their Central Post Office and their Telephone Exchange, and she kept every bit of it she could. In wardrobes, in steamer trunks, in drawers, in boxes, in packets tied up with ribbon and string - it all sat upstairs in her house.

This was the house where her son Otto, Anne's father, had come to live for seven years as the sole survivor of his little family after the liberation of Auschwitz. Such memorabilia as he rescued also went upstairs. When Alice died, her daughter Helene inherited the house. When Helene died, her son Buddy, Anne's childhood playmate, and his wife Gerti, inherited in turn. And finally Gerti went upstairs to sort out the attic....

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Edward | 2/12/2014

    " Puts the Anne Frank story into the perspective of her family's history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christopher Louis | 2/4/2014

    " A truly wonderful and insightful history of Anne Frank's family who were living in Switzerland during the war. Having read The Diary of Anne Frank many, many times as well as numerous other books about her life I really appreciated being able to discover an entirely new dimension to the story I feel I know so well. This story focuses Otto's Mother, Anne's Grandmother, sister, brother and nephews and how they coped with the knowledge that their loved ones were trapped in the Netherlands with no idea what they were enduring. All they could guess was that the family had gone underground; and they only guessed that from a postcard sent with cryptic messages. I was most moved as they learned that their loved ones had been in hiding, betrayed, and sent to the camps. Translations of letter share how they discovered Otto survived and the difficulty they shared not knowing if Edith and the girls survived as well. A wonderful and amazing collection of a family history far richer than I could have imagined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/7/2014

    " Stumbled on this at the library and so glad that I did. Really fascinating book about Anne Frank's ancestors and family right up to the present day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diane | 1/2/2014

    " Just could not get into it. Not what I thought. I thought it would be more about Ann Frank. "

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