Teri Weaver's Reviews > Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary - A Photographic Remembrance

Anne Frank by Ruud van der Rol
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Feb 28, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: international
Read in February, 2010

Revisiting Anne Frank’s world through the family’s extensive collection of photographs, contemporary photographs, maps, and illustrations make this a worthwhile read to discover what happened historically before, during, and after Anne’s diary was written. As this book was written by a sociologist and historian on staff at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, the text is of exceptional quality. The book is the first photobiography created by the museum. The themes of “the victim” and “the fugitive” are addressed in the book. Contemporary examples of intolerance, racism, segregation, discrimination, and anti-Semitism could be discussed in the classroom through the real-life stories of the people hiding in the warehouse. The interests, fears, and worries of teenagers are seen through the writing of Anne, along with her hopes for the future. Included in the text are clarifications of terms such as: Nazi (NAtionalsoZialistische), and Concentration (people concentrated in a small area), and Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass). Hitler’s rise to power is also explained. This book would be a valuable resource for instructors teaching any of the themes mentioned above. Because of the exceptional illustrations, and photographs, along with the appealing text, students would be interested in reading or learning from this book.

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