Jewish Values: Anne Frank: A Hidden Life
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Pressler is an expert on the life of Anne Frank and the editor of the definitive edition of the diary. This book, originally published in Germany and translated into English by Anthea Bell, is a remarkable piece of biographical and historical reconstruction. Written in a conversational style, with the author's personal and sometimes passionate impressions recorded, it describes the Frank family's life before they went into hiding, gives short but precise portraits of the eight people who lived in the Secret Annex, speculates about their relationships using evidence from the various editions of the diary, and fills in many of the details that surrounded the development of Anne as a young woman and a writer. The final chapter, an account of Anne and Margot's final few months, is harrowing.
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