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The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  11,480 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The "unwritten" final chapter of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl tells the story of the time between Anne Frank's arrest and her death through the testimony of six Jewish women who survived the hell from which Anne Frank never retumed.


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ebook, 256 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Anchor (first published 1988)
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Krisanne Stewart
Oh my goodness. I bought this book because I wanted to know the "rest of the story": what happened to Anne Frank after she and her family were discovered.

The book has 6 different stories from survivors who crossed the Franks lives at some point. It was a bit of a tough read. These people retell horrific events in almost a flat, mono-tone tone. Almost all of them recount what it felt like to be stripped naked and have all of their body hair shaved.

As a mother, this book was almost unbearable be
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Alys Marchand
Those complaining that this book doesn't detail every day in the last seven months of Anne's life need to stop and realize that the only person with her all that time also died. Millions died. That the author of this book found six women who had spent any time with Anne is remarkable. Expecting to know what happened every day is simply not possible. Given the gravity of the Holocaust and the uphill battle of finding anyone who spent any time with her and knew her name at the time is impressive.

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Jennifer
The title "The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank" is a misleading title. I bought this book in the hopes that I would learn what happened to Anne during the 7 months she spent in the concentration camps. Instead, I heard the stories of several women who, at best, had chance encounters with Anne Frank.

While the stories these women told were heart-rendering and moving, they were not about Anne Frank. The women described the experiences Anne *might* have had while in captivity. In some cases, the onl
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Mmars
Really liked the approach of this book. Because Anne Frank is the most well-known victim of the Holocaust, Lindwer uses her to broaden his audience. I think that's why many people disliked this book. They loved the Anne Frank story & wanted more. They didn't want to read about the horrors of the Holocaust. Way to go Lindwer! Noone should pass through this life without reading about that one.

By assembling the accounts of women who either knew Anne or knew of her in the concentration camp he
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Sharon
Sep 10, 2007 Sharon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students. teachers. humans.
Shelves: sofarin2007
Being the one person on the planet who actually wants to go to Amsterdam just to see the Anne Frank House, I loved this book. It's full of little known family photos and first person accounts of her last days from the people who were actually there with herin the camps,who survived. It's amazing to be able to picture her so personally, and to have it feel so real and as if it might have happened to *you*...it's a great companion to the diary, and I'm sure teachers could use parts of it for a les ...more
Emily
Excellent book. I never realized (if I knew, I had forgotten) that Anne Frank actually died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen - not the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birknau and just a few weeks before the liberation of the camps. The book also gives her diary a bit more of a context, as there is some information about her life before and after going into hiding.

And I feel that this quote by Rachel van Amerongen-Frankfoorder sums up many, many things about the Holocaust and its aftermath: "The Allies must
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Andrew
This is an extremely harrowing read, I was actually quite shocked when I read that it was actually aimed at young readers. It tells the story of six women who knew Anne Frank in the months after she and her family were taken from their hiding place.
I have seen a couple of reviews that say the title is misleading, I sort of understand that. At first you assume that the book is going to be a chronological narrative of what happened to Anne in that time. Of course, if such material existed, it wou
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Zoe
Although this book, as several others point out, includes accounts of those who had at times very fleeting meetings with Anne Frank this is irrelevant to the worth of this book. I even think that Anne Frank is irrelevant to this book to some degree though it is good that having been referenced to Anne Frank it probably saw a larger readership.

These womens stories are incredible. Some of them admit they were hard to tell. But there are several moments things from this book that stay with me. Tha
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Zöe Yu
I bought this book in Jerusalem after I met Mrs. Hannah Elisabeth Pick-Goslar known as "Lies Goosens" in Anne Franks Tagebuch. She gave us a speech on the last time she saw and spoke to Anne with the barbwire between them. She is a wonderful lady with good spirit, she could speak German, and I showed her my Tagebuch bought in Berlin Anne Frank Centre, she signed my book. I was happy that in my life time I am so lucky to meet her and hear her speech of their stories.

This book is basically interv
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Nick
This book is an important addition to the Diary, and fills in extra details about others whose lives overlapped with Anne's, even if fleetingly, in the months after the Franks' capture.

I urge anyone who is even remotely interested in humanity to read this book. It is not just about the treatment of Anne Frank, or of Jews in general. It also describes how humans can become inhuman when they lose compassion.
More positively, it tells the story of a country defiant under occupation, and of the coura
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Kecia
This is a collection of interviews with six women who knew Anne Frank after her arrest. These women are not famous like Anne, but their stories are important too. I've always wanted to visit the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, but one of the women who knew Anne, wrote in the visitor's book, Anne would not have wanted this. (or something to the effect). Now, I'm not sure I do want to visit there. Perhaps just reading her diary is more than enough.

I knew Anne and Margot died at Bergen-Belsen shortl
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Sally
I bought this two days ago after visiting the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam, because I have always been very interested in tales of the Holocaust and have of course read her diary. As a book on its own it was interesting and harrowing, yet more uplifting than some since of course all of the women telling their stories had survived the concentration camps. However, I thought the title was a bit misleading because it was not about the last seven months of Anne's life at all. It was seven months (so ...more
Valerie
I bought this book at the Anne Frank house in amsterdam. When I read the back I thought that I was going to find out about Anne in the camps. Instead I was presented with others stories who shared in the experiences. My heart hurts so badly for each of these ladies. My only though tomboy liking the book was the stories were poorly edited.'they were told in the exact thoughts and phrases the ladies told them.
Although it's great to hear them exacty as they remember them, it would of been great for
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Sean Kennedy
A series of interviews from women who crossed paths with Anne Frank in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, there is real pain in the simple way they tell their stories. Anne Frank is often a symbol of the 6+ million who died in concentration camps, but here are six more women with stories to tell. And every one should be heard.
Claudia Moscovici
Review of The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer
The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most important legacies of the Holocaust. It documents the experiences of a young Jewish girl, her family and their friends while hiding for years in concealed rooms behind a bookcase, called “the Secret Annex”, in Nazi occupied Netherlands. Anne Frank’s father, mother and sister moved into the Secret Annex in July 1942. Soon they were joined there by the Van Pels family and by Fritz Pfeffer, a de
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Jennylou
Many of the low ratings of this book seem to be from people who expected this book to be a day-by-day recounting of Anne's experiences in the concentration camps. It is impossible to expect such a book - that is precisely the point. No one can tell Anne's story but herself, and she died. Another reviewer noted that the only other person who could have told us the story of those last seven months was her sister, Margot - who died a few days before Anne did.

To me, this book was an amazing accompli
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Rebecca
You don't need to be familiar with the Anne Frank story to be drawn into this book. It has first hand accounts of several women who survived the concentration camps, and crossed paths with Anne Frank while there, sometimes in very small ways. They really give the details of the special challenges women faced in the camps, and how they made it through. Their stories are fascinating and inspiring apart from their Anne Frank connection.
Amy
This is yet another book that illustrates the strength of the human spirit. It isn't pleasant to read about what these women went through during the holocaust, but we owe it to them to hear their story. If they could survive it and live to tell the story...the least we can do is listen, and try to learn something from it. Each woman knew the Frank family and either shared a barracks, a position in line for roll call, or a transport with them.
Kathy
The Diary of Anne Frank stops at the arrest and everyone knows the outcome of Anne's family. This book attempts to piece together what happened to the Frank family after their imprisonment. Lindwer was able to find six different women, all with their own horrific stories, who came in contact with or who knew Anne during these last seven months. These women's stories are heart-wrenching, but need to be told. By vilifying one group, Hitler was able to turn neighbor against neighbor and to cause su ...more
Jenn
Interesting book with a title that is somewhat deceptive. While all six women interviewed in the book had interaction with Anne Frank, they varied in their depth of the interaction and the book was really about their own stories. That made it better. Rather than try to reenact the fractured moments to discuss Anne's life there was a rich -- and heartbreaking -- set of stories about the last months of the Holocaust in three camps. All hailing from the Netherlands, some of the women were close fri ...more
Nose in a book (Kate)
This was a tough read, in more ways than one, but it was also an enlightening and occasionally reaffirming one and I’m glad I have read it.

The title is to be honest misleading. This is not a book about Anne Frank. Rather, Anne Frank is a loose link between six Dutch women who tell their stories of the war and their experiences of concentration camps. More accurately what they have in common is that they were all arrested by the Nazis toward the end of the occupation of the Netherlands and taken
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Jessi
Feb 12, 2015 Jessi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Why I Want to Read This:

To say that Anne Frank has influenced me would be putting it mildly. She is one writer whose story sustained me through my middle school hell experience. While I was busy deflecting comments that I was a lesbian for passing notes to my best friend so that I did not lose my mind in between being put in front of the class clown (who I - and everyone else in the class - was in love with) simply because the teacher obviously knew I was the one person in the class who was not
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Trisha
Ik laat het even bezinken en tot een verhaal komen.

25/9/14:
Ik heb het boek echt moeten laten bezinken. Het was lastig om te beschrijven wat ik heb gelezen vooral omdat het vooral ook biografisch is.

Zeven vrouwen vertellen in dit boek over hun leven tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog en vertellen over hun leven en hun kennismaking met Anne Frank, Margo en hun moeder.
De vrouwen uit het boek vertellen wat zij deden voordat ze werden opgepakt, hoe hun kampreis is verlopen en waar ze Anne ontmoette. Ze
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Christina
Ich habe mir das Buch gekauft, weil mich das "Thema" schon immer interessiert hat.
Mir war auch von Anfang an bewusst, dass es nicht nur um Anne Frank in diesem Buch geht und grade daher hat es mir "gefallen", wobei meiner Meinung nach gefallen nicht das richtige Wort ist, es war traurig, bewegend.
Sechs unterschiedliche Frauen, die auf die ein oder andere Weise mit Anne und ihrer Familie in den Arbeits-/Konzentrationslagern Kontakt mit ihnen hatten, erzählen diese Geschichte
Aber noch viel wicht
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Stephanie
I loved this book so much, I loved reading about the different women who met Anne at different times in there own lives. What an amazing book that gave you even more insight into the pain that the Jewish people had to endure. My heart went out to them, I cried for them. May we learn from the past so it never gets repeated.

"The "unwritten" final chapter of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl tells the story of the time between Anne Frank's arrest and her death through the testimony of six Jewi
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Heather Tomlinson
This book does not really focus on Anne Frank or her last 7 months. Instead it tells the stories of six women who were with Anne in the camps, but who survived. There actually is very little about Anne. This is of no consequence, as actually the stories of any person in this situation are profound and important, it doesn't matter how famous they are.
There are interesting insights into how the women coped, and their various moral and spiritual crises. I do think that these days we are forgetting
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Titi
I cried a lot while reading this book.I wanted to learn more about Anne Frank after reading 'The diary of Anne Frank'. It is so sad that the atrocities carried out by Hitler and his cohorts were allowed to go on for that long without some interventions by the International communities.But I was also greatly encouraged by the many tales of courage, hope, survival skills abilities, compassion among many other virtues of the survivors. From the book, one can get ideas of how Anne Frank lived in tho ...more
Ellie
Introduction: Willy Lindwer’s The last seven months of Anne Frank, is a biography of seven women.

Body Paragraph 1:This book is about seven women who tell their stories about being Jewish during the war. All of these women once knew Anne in Westerbork concentration camp, Auschwitz, or Bergen-Belsen, and were fortunate enough to make it out alive.They explain how they ended up in a concentration camp and what it was like to be living there.

BOdy Paragraph 2: The tone was the most effective in the
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Graceann
It wasn't until I looked at the copyright page that I realized this book was intended for young readers. I was surprised to see that, given the mature subject matter and the unflinching, sometimes gruesome details of these ladies' stories.

The title of this book is misleading, in that each of these ladies saw Anne, Margot and Mrs. Frank fleetingly (in some cases, only once or twice) and none of them was witness to the entire seven months. We all know the name and importance of Anne and her diary
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Annchen
Der deutsche Buchtitel scheint mir unglücklich gewählt, da in diesem Buch vielmehr sechs jüdische Frauen ihren eigenen Leidensweg von der Verhaftung im Sommer 1944, dem Transport, den Konzentrationslagern bis zur Befreiung im Mai 1945 eindrucksvoll schildern, als über Anne Frank zu sprechen. Während dieser letzten Kriegsmonate begegnen sie hier und da zufällig der Familie Frank, worüber sie am Rande berichten. Ausgenommen Hannah E. Pick-Goslar, eine Jugendfreundin Annes, die mit ihr in Bergen-Be ...more
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