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Anne Frank: The Biography

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Anne Frank: The Biography, originally published in 1998, still stands as the definitive account of the girl who has become "the human face of the Holocaust." Biographer Melissa Müller drew on exclusive interviews with family and friends, on previously unavailable correspondence, and on missing diary pages that she discovered to create a nuanced portrait of her famous subje ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 403 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1998)
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Sharon It's more about how to grow up, how to understand yourself and the world. The war, the confinement made Anne more alive, more sincere. It's very witty…moreIt's more about how to grow up, how to understand yourself and the world. The war, the confinement made Anne more alive, more sincere. It's very witty, worth reading again and again(less)
Jeff That's a question that is not likely to ever be answered. It's clear that they were tipped off that someone was hiding in the building, so they only h…moreThat's a question that is not likely to ever be answered. It's clear that they were tipped off that someone was hiding in the building, so they only had to say "show us" to the workers once they got there. It's not clear who tipped them off, though there are several theories. It was likely based on suspicion only, and not first-hand knowledge.(less)
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Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a review copy of this book in April, and although I was so excited to read it, it just sat on my night stand collecting dust until I finally decided to pick it up. The reason for my trepidation? I am an extremely unreliable, emotional reader who is afraid of failure. I don't make promises to finish a book once I start it. I don't abide by rules or deadlines, and my ratings are almost always based on whether I was able to relate to the author and their work on a personal, down-to-earth ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I purchased a revised and expanded edition of Melissa Muller's Anne Frank: The Biography on an affecting trip to the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam last year. I have been so looking forward to reading it, but for some reason - emotional turmoil over Anne's story, I expect, which never fails to bring me to tears - it took me some time to pick it up. The Sunday Telegraph deems Muller's biography 'sensitive, serious and scrupulous', and the Independent believes it to be an 'accurate and honest portra ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful biography about Anne, her family and friends, with lots of fine detail, yet it never drags or is boring. As the story of those days is told, snippets from the Diary are included alongside. Though the book starts with the arrest of those in hiding, at the end Muller traces where each person was transferred to and writes what is known of their final days.

Includes an index in the back that gives short bio details of the people Anne mentioned in her diary. I really appreciate that Muller u
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed because it seemed that most of the book was about Otto Frank and other adults and their business issues. Also somewhat disconcerting was the way the author skipped around in time. On the same page one reads about things said or occurring in 1942 and 1944, for

I was interested in the way Anne expresses typical teenaged angst and coming of age behaviors even though in such horrific and even blizzare circumstances. Her writings (not just her diary) leads us to believe tha
Okay so it took me a little time to get into this book but once I did... I found Anne to be wise beyond her years and really enjoyed reading her ideas of the world. For someone who experienced so little, she interrupted a lot.

The insight into Anne's life is something I won't forget in a hurry and it made me actually feel appreciative of what I have.

The ending is of course extremely sad and I had to begin a new book straight away to decipher these feelings but I'm really glad I read this.

I've r
Beth Withers
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
or several years, I taught The Diary of Anne Frank as an 8th grade English teacher. I have read several books on Anne, including a couple of different biographies. I was eager to read this one, and I was not disappointed. I would consider the most comprehensive biography of an incredible young woman. I learned many things about Anne that were only alluded to in other things I have read. I have a clearer picture of the true person that she was than I have had before. Muller does not canonize Anne ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book gives a great deal of information about the family and friends and what happened to all of them after the war. It's very thorough and detailed. There is another one written by one of their family friends that I think would also be an interesting perspective. The writing was engaging and held my interest. I liked how the author interspersed Anne's writings throughout. One of the reasons that I enjoyed reading this is that we'll be staying very near to the Anne Frank Museum for a few day ...more
Paul Kovatch
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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remember and pray that it doesn't happen again ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I first read Anne Frank’s diary (which should be required reading for everyone) many years ago, and re-read it in the 80’s after visiting the house in Amsterdam where she and her family spent two and half years hiding in the Secret Annex . I’ve picked up the Diary again for the third time now that I’ve just finished this thoughtfully written yet deeply disturbing book based on information gleaned from letters, documents, personal interviews with family members and others who knew the Franks befo
Kathleen Whelan
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a real life story which gives a first hand view of what it was like to live through Hitler's reign in WW2. Anne Frank writes her diary from her hideout in an attic, the secret annex. It shows a young girls perspective on the war. It discusses everyday issues, including Anne's crush on a boy living with her. This is quite relevant to older children as they go through the same feelings.

This book is suitable for upper KS2 children as it discusses WW2 and the faith of Jewish people at the t
Anne Frank is a name many readers know well. In the summer of 1942, she went into hiding, along with her immediate family, to avoid being deported to a Nazi concentration camp. During that time, she kept a diary chronicling the events of her life. A little over two years later, she and her family were discovered, arrested and deported to death camps. Melissa Müller has written Anne's biography.

I found this biography most interesting. Not only does it contain many of Anne Frank's diary entries, i

Doreen Petersen
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
Outstanding book! I would definitely recommend this one. Questions still remain to this day on who betrayed the residents of the secret annex.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One might think that if you have read Anne Frank's diary, you would know everything there is to know about Anne, but you would be wrong. Melissa Muller does an incredible job of fleshing out Anne's diary with writings, photos, and historical records from the time.

One of the things that always saddens me the most about Anne Frank is how close the family came to survival. At the time their annex was raided, the allied invasion had started. If the family could only have remained hidden a little lon
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at the Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. The house was the single most moving "monument" I've ever visited. Heartbreaking, yet filled with hope because of the great risk so many people took in helping hide the Frank family. It was a reminder that although the world is filled with great evil, it is also filled with great kindness and compassion.

Melissa Muller did an excellent job of portraying Ann as a real teenager, and not as the Jewish martyr that so many authors tend to do. She
Muller wrote a good bio of Anne, with a few reservations. Another more recent biographer discovered who actually betrayed the family to the Nazis which is info Muller didn't have available. This one does a more honest job on Anne's personailty. She is presented as a bit of a brat, which a relative who knew her (Buddy Elias) had called her as well. Anne was spoiled, but not simply for being the youngest. Her health was poor and she might have had a heart condition. They were just very fortunate t ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anne Frank: The Biography is a revised copy of Melissa Müller’s previous work and one well worth reading. Müller, through further research and documents previously unavailable to her, has allowed Müller to show the world a far more in-depth look at Anne Frank through beautiful, thought provoking prose, adding more depth and breadth of information than in the previous version and for those who have read about Anne Frank and think they have heard it all, I highly recommend Anne Frank: The Biograph ...more
Barb Wiseberg
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the updated version of this book, published in 2013. Additional material has been added, given the reader a deeper understanding of Anne's family, going back a few generations.

A must read for those who appreciate the important of reading Holocaust literature.
Jun 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The most difficult chapter I’ve ever read.

Anne Frank: The Biography Is a modern, detailed look at the life of a young girl away from her pen, but also of her tragic end.

As one might expect, a 400-page biography of a 15 year-old girl is going to include a lot of additional material, but everything Melissa Müller included is important and relevant.

Terrifically researched and beautifully assembled from sometimes conflicting sources, The Biography presents background on the Frank Family, the origins
Sheila Majczan
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this one (in English) long ago. This is one of those that I think all should read...up close and personal and knowing history's fate for her made a dent in my soul. ...more
Pavani Mavidi
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Frank is a girl like any other normal teenage girl but one who constantly tries to improve herself by looking at any situation that she had been without bias... I really liked the way she thinks and also related myself to her a lot in many situations.... I just loved her...And apart from Anne, the constant hope that people have even in the war time adversities is the best and common human trait...there are many people in the world who long to lead a normal life...while people with normal li ...more
Anne Frank: The Biography
Melissa Muller
256 pages

The first biography of the girl whose fate has touched the lives of millions was a great book. For people all over the world, Anne Frank, the vivacious, intelligent Jewish girl with a crooked smile and huge dark eyes, has become the "human face of the Holocaust." Her diary of twenty-five months in hiding, a precious record of her struggle to keep hope alive through the darkest days of this century, has touched the hearts of millions. Here
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In all of her post-war fame, I think it is difficult not to generalize Anne Frank’s experiences to some extent, and to unintentionally hold her in the mind as more of an abstract symbol than as an actual person. Especially in light of World War II’s utterly incomprehensible and brutal nature, it’s almost impossible for most people to contemplate the individual personality and uniqueness of a young girl in the midst of so much chaos.

But Müller’s portrayal of Anne Frank and accompanying narrative
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In comparison to the Diary, The Biography of Anne Frank was a great, easy read because the story was being told from an outside perspective. The book flowed very nicely, as opposed to the series of journal entries by Anne Frank, herself, that were a lot more challenging to follow. The book emphasized the challenges that were faced “up in that annex” (75) and the atrocities committed during the “unforgettable atrocities committed during the Holocaust” (11) as a whole. The author did an excellent ...more
So much more than just the Anne Frank narrative, Müller's updated biography tells a broad story not just limited to the Franks, although this family and the other residents of the Secret Annex are the focal point. It also encompasses the events, policies, and mania of Nazi Germany and occupied Europe that ultimately resulted in the Holocaust. By looking at it through the experiences of the Franks, their helpers, extended family and friends, it puts a tragedy of incomprehensible proportions into ...more
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Anne Frank a book based on a true story during World War 2. It discussed the the way they survived in hiding in the second floor of an factory with another family.

As you know the book was based on a Jewish family trying to survive until the Americans came to save them from torment. They hid by day and night, but would have to stay still and not even using the bathroom until about 8:00. Also there was two famlies but one did'nt come until later on in the story. The Frank Family consisted of bot
T. R.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, favorites
I bought this book because I wanted to know more about Anne and her family. This is a lot of history shared so the reader can understand the timeline better. The biography certainly covers Anne, but the author is wonderful at sharing more details about her family as well. It's extremely thorough. If you want to learn more about Anne, her family, what led up to the hiding, what her life was like before, this book definitely paints a clearer picture. ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Won this in a librarything giveaway. Tone is slightly mawkish at times and veers every now and then into hagiography. Little analysis or insight. If you're interested in Anne Frank, read her diary; if you're interested in the Holocaust or Jewish history during the war, read any book about it at random and it'll likely be better. ...more
Della Tingle
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book by or about Anne Frank that I have read this year. I simply cannot get over this true story, and even though I know exactly how it ends, I always find myself praying for a different outcome with the turning of each page. Some of my favorite parts are as follows.

“Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.” ~Heinrich Heine

“Take your children seriously, so that they can take you seriously. If you promise them something, you have to keep your prom
Katie Chan
Jan 30, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Müller (born 1967) is an Austrian journalist and author.

She was born in Vienna. After working as an au pair for some time in London, Müller decides first for a study of the management economics and German Studies, afterwards she worked for different restaurant editorships and - magazines.

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