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This is the indispensable visual guide to the tragic but inspiring story of Anne Frank. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of This is the indispensable visual guide to the tragic but inspiring story of Anne Frank. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature.


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This is the indispensable visual guide to the tragic but inspiring story of Anne Frank. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of This is the indispensable visual guide to the tragic but inspiring story of Anne Frank. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshots, school pictures, and photos of the diary and the Secret Annex, this elegantly designed album is both a stand-alone introduction to Anne's life and a photographic companion to a classic of Holocaust literature.

30 review for Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I read Diary of a Young Girl as a young teen and, like all people with a heart and conscience, found it deeply moving and horribly tragic. The diary, though uniquely Anne's, represents all Holocaust victims, especially young ones. That was my first time learning about Anne Frank and all I ever read about her. I felt I had the whole story about her and her family, all I needed to really feel her tragedy. Then almost three decades later I discovered Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures--by I read Diary of a Young Girl as a young teen and, like all people with a heart and conscience, found it deeply moving and horribly tragic. The diary, though uniquely Anne's, represents all Holocaust victims, especially young ones. That was my first time learning about Anne Frank and all I ever read about her. I felt I had the whole story about her and her family, all I needed to really feel her tragedy. Then almost three decades later I discovered Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures--by accident; I was looking for a similar book after reading convincing reviews from some friends. I found this one waiting for me on the library reserve shelf instead, but I was fine with that and began reading right away. As this book made clear to me, I did not have the full story. I, of course, knew much of what Anne was feeling and thinking because of her diary, but I didn't know as much about her family, nor did I have any visuals, really, beyond the photo of her on the cover of Diary of a Young Girl. It so happens that her dad, Otto, was very invested in taking regular family photos. This book contains mostly those. It is balanced with helpful commentary to provide context, such as explaining who's in which photos (Anne and Margot with their grandmother on the beach; Anne with her various friends, and so on). These family photos (and, later, ones from the Holocaust, such as a photo of people being directed straight to the gas chambers) are precisely what make this book powerful. One of my favorite pages isn't maybe the most striking of them all, but it moved me. It features a set of simple portraits that Otto took of both girls, separately, each year. With each passing year, the baby fat disappeared a little more as the girls' faces matured. Anne's diary humanizes her perfectly, but this book takes that one step further because the everyday family moments that Otto captured show that this family was like any other. They went to the beach; the kids played outside; Otto and Edith proudly held baby Margot; little Margot joyfully held baby Anne (who's screaming, as babies do). These people were average human beings living quietly and happily, a kind-looking family. It was families like this who were shipped off and senselessly murdered. Readers who are very familiar with Anne Frank and/or who have visited Anne Frank House may not find much new here, but older children and anyone who knows Anne in a limited way will find this book rewarding. It's an excellent complement to Diary of a Young Girl, and I therefore highly recommend reading it alongside that for a richer, fuller understanding.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I would think I would have had enough reading books/viewing films about Anne Frank. I recently read her complete works book. This book was on my to read list and I borrowed it when I saw it at the library. Its shelved as juvenile biography. There are more photos, more information about Annes life & death and more of Annes words in many other books. Even so, this book had a few photos I dont remember seeing in other books and had information about Annes life that either slightly conflicted I would think I would have had enough reading books/viewing films about Anne Frank. I recently read her complete works book. This book was on my to read list and I borrowed it when I saw it at the library. It’s shelved as juvenile biography. There are more photos, more information about Anne’s life & death and more of Anne’s words in many other books. Even so, this book had a few photos I don’t remember seeing in other books and had information about Anne’s life that either slightly conflicted with what I had read or confirmed information with additional information about who had provided it. There is more in this book than I remember previously reading of eyewitness accounts in the camps of survivors who knew all eight of those who had been hidden in the Secret Annex. Even though Otto seemed to have gotten over not knowing, I still want to know who betrayed them. The book, arranged mostly chronologically, is a touching and informative tribute. It does get rather graphic and I think is more appropriate for teens and adults than for children. The glossary and certain other of the book’s contents do seem to be geared to older children or to older people who don’t know much of anything about Anne or WWII or the Holocaust. I wouldn’t give this book to children younger than 11 and not to most 11-year-olds. I do recommend it though. It’s a lovely book and as I always seem to, I learned some things.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A short book that looks at the life of Anne Frank, from her early life through to her untimely death at the age of fifteen. This book offers photos from Annes life including some which are not widely published. There is a short biography split throughout the pages and the pictures are captioned. This book will appeal to young people familiar with Annes story in particular. A worthwhile addition to fans of Annes diary. A short book that looks at the life of Anne Frank, from her early life through to her untimely death at the age of fifteen. This book offers photos from Anne’s life including some which are not widely published. There is a short biography split throughout the pages and the pictures are captioned. This book will appeal to young people familiar with Anne’s story in particular. A worthwhile addition to fans of Anne’s diary.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alyce (At Home With Books)

    First, let me say that I loved this book. It contains a treasure trove of photos from Anne Frank's family, and will appeal to anyone (young or old) who has read the Diary of Anne Frank. But before I talk more about how wonderful the book is, I want to share one reservation I have about it. My first impression of Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures is that it has been wrongly marketed for kids. Don't get me wrong, for dealing with a serious topic like the Holocaust, this book does an First, let me say that I loved this book. It contains a treasure trove of photos from Anne Frank's family, and will appeal to anyone (young or old) who has read the Diary of Anne Frank. But before I talk more about how wonderful the book is, I want to share one reservation I have about it. My first impression of Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures is that it has been wrongly marketed for kids. Don't get me wrong, for dealing with a serious topic like the Holocaust, this book does an extremely good job of simplifying it for kids. There is only one section that I would recommend that parents read first, and that is the one dealing with concentration camps. In the concentration camp section there is a discussion about gas chambers, and photos of small children, and mothers with babies walking toward the gas chambers. There was also a photo of piles of the emaciated and naked dead bodies of prisoners wherein the prison guards were being forced to bury them by the conquering Allied forces. I think that the images and accompanying text may be too serious for some in the targeted age range (nine to twelve year olds) to handle. I'm sure that parents know what their own kids are ready to see, but I wanted to raise this issue in my review so that parents can know about it beforehand and be ready to talk to their kids about it if they have any questions. As for the rest of the book, it is absolutely amazing! There are photos of Anne from her childhood, and I loved the series of passport photos (shown on the cover) that show a myriad of expressions on her face. There are many photos of the rooms where Anne's family hid that bring the accompanying quotes from the diary to life. It was also neat to see what Anne's childhood friends looked like, and her relatives too. Looking at such photos is always a bittersweet experience though, knowing what happened to Anne and her family in the concentration camps. One thing that I appreciated about the section on concentration camps was that there were eye-witness accounts and quotes from interviews with survivors of the camps who were with Anne and her family members while they were there. The reader is able to get a better idea of what life was like for Anne and her family, and in some cases to read about specific experiences that Anne had in the camps. Anyone who has ever found themselves drawn into Anne's world through her diary shouldn't miss this book. Aside from my reservations about the content of the concentration camp section, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sonja ✧・゚。★*☾

    "One day this terrible war will be over. The time will come when we'll be people again and not just Jews! ... We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. But then, we'll want to be." - Anne Frank, April 11 1944 A truly touching book. The photographs added a world of dimension to the story of Anne Frank. May all people who suffered in inhumane ways rest in peace

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Loved the pictures, I've never seen most of them before. I love coming back to Anne's story again and again for inspiration . She is one of the ones who inspired me to want to write from a very young age. A Beautifully crafted account of Anne Frank.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chey

    I got this book on a whim at the library. I didn't know much about Anne Frank and decided that I should read something and learn more about her. I think this was the perfect book for that. It was very informative for being such a small book and I really like that. It told her story, included many diary entries, and had so many pictures that tired it all together very well. I definitely recommend reading this book. Whether you want to learn more about Anne Frank, that period of time, or whatever I got this book on a whim at the library. I didn't know much about Anne Frank and decided that I should read something and learn more about her. I think this was the perfect book for that. It was very informative for being such a small book and I really like that. It told her story, included many diary entries, and had so many pictures that tired it all together very well. I definitely recommend reading this book. Whether you want to learn more about Anne Frank, that period of time, or whatever else, I strongly recommend this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a wonderful book that I bought after visiting the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. It has excerpts from her diary and facts that became known later about the situation in Europe with the war, and what happened to her whole family after capture. There are lots of pictures, many I've never seen before. It's a real treasure and I'm so glad I found it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kit Swindle

    After our visit to the Anne Frank House, we picked this book up, mainly because of the great photographs included (you are not allowed to take pictures in the museum/house). It is full of wonderful insights and history you gain inside the house. It also has some pretty startling photographs depicting some of the concentration camps, of the Allied Invasion, and the stark reality of what happened. After visiting the house and reading this book, I hold Otto Frank in my heart as not only a sincere After our visit to the Anne Frank House, we picked this book up, mainly because of the great photographs included (you are not allowed to take pictures in the museum/house). It is full of wonderful insights and history you gain inside the house. It also has some pretty startling photographs depicting some of the concentration camps, of the Allied Invasion, and the stark reality of what happened. After visiting the house and reading this book, I hold Otto Frank in my heart as not only a sincere father, but a man so moved as to offer his pain and experience to the world, so they may learn what he had experienced. The man survived so much, and upon arriving home, relived the 2 years they were in hiding. He sought to preserve liberties for all the oppressed, and did not seek vengance on their oppressors. What a tragedy the public wants to sweep this terrifying time of history away. We should not forget those that suffered so greatly; we should hold their memory dear, as well as those that fought to free them and ensure liberties for the world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Muskan

    Very Beautiful. I was in tears. It was shortly written but described very well. I could feel Anne Frank's emotions through the book, even though I know it must have been far worse. But very beautifully written.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    This was a riveting collection.  I, like probably everybody else, has read The Diary of Anne Frank, but having been so long, I certainly needed a refresher.  With these color photographs and scanned images of her diary, we get to see Anne in a much different light, one that is focused more on her external setting than internal.  I was shocked at how large the annex is, and I adored the large, looping cursive with which she wrote.  Seeing photographs of her family, and reading about her time in This was a riveting collection.  I, like probably everybody else, has read The Diary of Anne Frank, but having been so long, I certainly needed a refresher.  With these color photographs and scanned images of her diary, we get to see Anne in a much different light, one that is focused more on her external setting than internal.  I was shocked at how large the annex is, and I adored the large, looping cursive with which she wrote.  Seeing photographs of her family, and reading about her time in the camps was even more heartbreaking than I expected. Well-crafted and divided into pre-, during-, and post-war eras, these authors clearly took great efforts into contextualizing what was happening and helping younger readers understand the gravity of the situation.  And with a glossary in the back, that understanding comes much easier.  This is a great learning tool for children doing projects, for those interested in WWII and its tragedies.   If that's not your or your child's topic of interest, however, I'd certainly still recommend leafing through if only for the photographs.   Review cross-listed here

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I had the pleasure of visiting Anne Franks secret annex on a vacation to The Netherlands a few years back. This book was likely sold in the gift shop but is well worth the read. Written for a young audience (teen or preteen) it is nonetheless very interesting. This book is part photo album part summary of what took place. I had to order the book from a used book seller - pretty sure its not available digitally. Thank you for recommending @Carolyn I had the pleasure of visiting Anne Frank’s secret annex on a vacation to The Netherlands a few years back. This book was likely sold in the gift shop but is well worth the read. Written for a young audience (teen or preteen) it is nonetheless very interesting. This book is part photo album part summary of what took place. I had to order the book from a used book seller - pretty sure it’s not available digitally. Thank you for recommending @Carolyn

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This book was really amazing. I am always intrigued by books regarding the holocaust. They make me stop and think about my life and remind me to count my many blessings. I read this book while reading The Diary of Anne Frank. This particular book includes pictures which helps give a visual of what the horrific experience looked like, which I really can't even imagine. Anne Frank and her family are new heroes to me. Favorite quotes: Anne started her diary with the following sentence: I hope I will This book was really amazing. I am always intrigued by books regarding the holocaust. They make me stop and think about my life and remind me to count my many blessings. I read this book while reading The Diary of Anne Frank. This particular book includes pictures which helps give a visual of what the horrific experience looked like, which I really can't even imagine. Anne Frank and her family are new heroes to me. Favorite quotes: Anne started her diary with the following sentence: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.” (Anne had no idea how many millions of people her diary would comfort, support and inspire!) “It’s amazing how much these generous and unselfish people do, risking their own lives to help and save others. The best example of this is our own helpers….Never have they uttered a single word about the burden we must be, never have they complained that we’re too much trouble.” “I don’t think my opinions are stupid but other people do, so it’s better to keep them to myself. I apply the same tactic when I have to eat something I loathe. I put the dish in front of me, pretend it’s delicious, avoid looking at it as much as possible, and it’s gone before I’ve ad time to realize what it is. When I get up in the morning, another very disagreeable moment, I leap out of bed, think to myself, “you’ll be slipping back under the covers soon,” walk to the window, take down the black screen, sniff at the crack until I feel a bit of fresh air, and I’m awake. I strip the bed as fast as I can so I won’t be tempted to go back in. Do you know what Mother calls this sort of thing? The art of living. Isn’t that a funny expression?” Otto Frank preferred to dwell on positive issues (after the war.) "Anne's diary was a great help for me in regaining a positive outlook on the world. With its publication, I hoped to help many people in the same way, and that proved to be the case." One year before his death in 1980, he said: "I am now nearly ninety and my powers are slowly waning. But the duty Anne left me continues to give me new strength--to fight for reconciliation and human rights throughout the world."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie Ingall

    This book is so small -- a six- or seven-inch square. Reading it feels intimate...like reading a diary. Or rather a scrapbook -- there are tons of photos, including big pictures of the diary itself. It has a collage-y, immersive feel. I think for anyone interested in Anne's life (and death), it's spectacular. But I don't know how kids who aren't already familiar with Anne's story will respond. When I read Claudette Colvin and Marching for Freedom (two photo-heavy books about the civil rights This book is so small -- a six- or seven-inch square. Reading it feels intimate...like reading a diary. Or rather a scrapbook -- there are tons of photos, including big pictures of the diary itself. It has a collage-y, immersive feel. I think for anyone interested in Anne's life (and death), it's spectacular. But I don't know how kids who aren't already familiar with Anne's story will respond. When I read Claudette Colvin and Marching for Freedom (two photo-heavy books about the civil rights movement), I admired the books in a huge way, but I also thought they'd be a hard sell to kids. (For school reports, sure. But for fun, I don't think so.) I went through a crazed Anne Frank phase, as many Jewish girls did -- but are Jewish girls today as obsessed? Would the *historicity* of the story -- the black and white pics, the faded ink -- be off-putting? I hope not. (And this book is less text-heavy than Claudette Colvin or Marching Toward Freedom.) The book is beautifully done, easy to read, and really powerful to look at. It conveys (in words and photos) what happened AFTER the secret annex was discovered in a clear and concise and terrible way, so it really is a good book for kids who want more after reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. I'd just love to hear from actual kids about whether they'd pick it up on their own. Note: I left the book on the coffee table and Josie picked it up and was obsessed. Loved it. Couldn't stop talking about it. So I guess Anne's story still has the power to touch today's kids.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This is a great book for anyone who loves Anne Frank. I think it is an especially excellent tool to use with children, when teaching them about the holocaust. There are many, many photographs I had never seen of Anne and her family, as well as photographs of the secret annex back in the 40's, and the historical recreations of the rooms done in recent years.The TONS of photographs are what make this book a true asset to any book collection, and a wonderful supplement to "The Diary of a Young This is a great book for anyone who loves Anne Frank. I think it is an especially excellent tool to use with children, when teaching them about the holocaust. There are many, many photographs I had never seen of Anne and her family, as well as photographs of the secret annex back in the 40's, and the historical recreations of the rooms done in recent years.The TONS of photographs are what make this book a true asset to any book collection, and a wonderful supplement to "The Diary of a Young Girl" as they help you to visualize Anne's story so much more clearly. The first part of the book was easier to get through, but when it came to the description and first hand accounts of what happened after Anne's capture, it was really hard for me to get through. That part only makes up around 15 pages, but those few pages pack a powerful emotional impact. One of the last things to be said in the book, is that many don't understand why so much emphasis has been placed on Anne's story. After all, hers is but one story among thousands of children murdered during the holocaust. What makes Anne's story important is that it shows us the face of one of those children. We are able to connect emotionally with Anne because we understand her inner feelings, desires, ambitions. We are able to know her as a person, and then, when we realize the tragedy of what she went through, how this brilliant young woman's life was cut short, we are better able to understand the impact of the loss the world suffered when so many children, as well as men and women were cruelly murdered during the holocaust.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly Smith

    I have read "The Diary of Anne Frank" multiple times but have never seen this version, "Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures". While exerts of her diary are inserted into the book it is mostly from a third person point of view. The book follows chronologically from when Anne got her new diary for her birthday and scarcely up until Otto Frank's death. All the pictures are real pictures of the Frank Family and their secret annex, some of them pictures I've never seen before. And although I I have read "The Diary of Anne Frank" multiple times but have never seen this version, "Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures". While exerts of her diary are inserted into the book it is mostly from a third person point of view. The book follows chronologically from when Anne got her new diary for her birthday and scarcely up until Otto Frank's death. All the pictures are real pictures of the Frank Family and their secret annex, some of them pictures I've never seen before. And although I have read the diary I still cried when reading of her and her sister's death. This book has more emotion simply because you do see so many pictures of her and her family. In the classroom I would use this corresponding with her diary in upper grades mostly fifth grade when studying world war two. While we would see the American side of the war, it would be good to see other sides of the war as well. Students could read the journal themselves while we read this book aloud in class sharing the pictures. As an activity I would have students pretend like they were in the secret annex during the literature section of class. During this time there would be no talking, in fear that they would be found. During this time they are to keep a journal of their thoughts, read their history books about World War Two and "The Diary of Anne Frank" taking notes in their own "diary". After words we would have a class discussion about what students wrote and how they felt during this time, as well as trying to imagine how Anne felt.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book has photos of the Frank family that I had never seen before. The story does not contain much new information if you have read Anne Frank's diary or a biography about Anne. However, it is still a book worth reading because of the photos from the Frank's photo albums. It also has photos of the Secret Annex. I am glad those photos are included because you are not allowed to take photos of the Anne Frank House when you tour it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Easy read in terms of getting through it quickly. Hard read in terms of digesting the magnitude of what occurred relatively recently and what is still occurring in some parts of this world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    My daughter brought me this book from her visit to The Anne Frank House this summer. The photographs, journal entries, and commentary are very compelling.

  20. 4 out of 5

    kathe

    Amazong photographs and great insights, and pleasent reading!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Most of the things mentioned in this book weren't new to me, still it was highly interested to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Wolfe-Adam

    "When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But [...] wil I ever be able to write something great? will I ever become a journalist or writer?" (151) "[My] greatest wish is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer....In any case, after the war I'd like to publish a book called The Secret Annex" (196). I thought I knew Anne Frank's story pretty well--until I read this book. This biography includes more details and images of her life, thoughts "When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But [...] wil I ever be able to write something great? will I ever become a journalist or writer?" (151) "[My] greatest wish is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer....In any case, after the war I'd like to publish a book called The Secret Annex" (196). I thought I knew Anne Frank's story pretty well--until I read this book. This biography includes more details and images of her life, thoughts and dreams (as well as the events that took place) than I thought a two-hundred page book could contain. The pictures especially helped bring the story to life and put the reader in the setting of the story. I gave this book five stars. I thought it was extremely well written, contained the right amount of details, animated the story with photographs and did all of the above in a clear, easy-to-follow manner. The author covers all the bases of Anne Frank's life with a helpful timeline and even includes a glossary in back explaining words and information about the war that children may not be familiar with. I also liked the balance between information and photos; I felt that there was a good amount of both and they worked together to pique the reader's interest. The book made me feel sad and scared, as if I were living her life as she did. The preserved images have a way of brining you into that world which can be good and bad. I'm not sure there is a particular meaning that goes along with this book since it is a biography but I do think it is a great story and certainly an educational one. I think this would be a good addition to a classroom because it helps educate children about World War II through Anne's perspective, one they might easily relate to.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Stern

    I still believe that this is the most relevant and important book I have ever read. It is the one book anyone should read if they pick one book to read. This book, "Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank House" is a fitting companion to Anne Frank's book. It delves into much more detail and is a must read for anyone wanting to know more about the Holocaust and how it affected so many people. Highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    I am currently reading Anne Franks diary, so I decided to pick this book up to and I am so glad I did!!! The pictures were amazing and this book I will never forget. It includes many photographs of Anne and her family before the war which I had never seen before! If you are interested in Anne Frank and want to look at her life, I highly suggest this book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Weiss

    Genre: Informational/Historical Grade Level: 4th-6th grade The book really doesn't give any information about Anne Frank's life. The majority of the contents mostly contains pictures of Anne Frank's life before and after the Holocaust. I wouldn't recommend this book for a research project. However it would be a great companion book for her dairy and other documented materials about her.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn

    I like the fact that this book shows so many pictures of Anne Frank and her family. We've all learned about her story, but seeing so many real pictures makes her story feel more real to readers. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and this book holds so many stories behind the photos!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A beautiful arrangement of pictures shows the life that Anne Frank lived before and during her period in hiding.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Gerig

    Genre: Biography Grades: 4-6 This was a hard book to get through because I knew what was coming, but I didn't want it to happen. And it did not help that this book included photos from Anne Frank's diary and photo albums, as well as her own journal entries because it made her that more real. Her story is well known, but this book tries to tell it through her words and her pictures.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    one of my first introductions to her and her life

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Great book to use for WWII. This will help students to understand a little bit better because of the pictures and the simpler way the information is presented.

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