It is arguably the most famous diary on earth;
I read it when I was thirteen years old
the same age as Anne when her father gave
her the diary for her birthday.
Like me, she wanted to be a writer,
and it was her sole career choice;
I wonder if she would have relinquished the
dream given other circumstances, instead
of war and going into hiding, if she had
living a normal life, eventually falling in love
and marrying a nice Jewish boy.
we’ll never know; Anne never had the
opportunity to live a normal life.
She wrote letters to “Kitty” the name
she chose for her diary penpal, observing
the humanity with whom she shared space
in a hiding place.
I read Anne’s diary many times, not really
understanding the impact of it until I became
an adult. I was born in 1940 and have no memory
of WW2 itself, either in Europe or in the Pacific.
I often wonder about Anne, what she might
have become, what she might have done with
her life. We would never have known about
her diary if not for the accidental happenstance,
the synchroniscity of it being saved, when
soldiers dumped the diary on the floor of
the hiding place, to fill the satchel with other
spoils of war; The uncanny coincidence? The
unlikely conjunction of events? or perhaps
it was not so accidental; Her voice was a voice
crying out in the wilderness, some where,
someone heard the cry and saved the diary.
Anne’s voice will never be forgotten.
Sandra Lee Smith
Written August, 2009–my first copy of the Diary of Anne Frank was a paperback copy being sold at Carl’s drugstore in Cincinnati;; I was with my Uncle Cal picking up a prescription for my mother, who was sick. Uncle Cal saw me looking at the book and bought it for me. That was the first autobiographical book I ever read. Over the years, I collected – and have kept – all the books ever written about Anne, often by people who knew her.
We didn’t have Amazon.com when I first began searching for anything about Anne. I remember spending months searching for the book about the last seven months about Anne Frank.
After thinking this over last night, I decided to share with you (whoever out there is interested) in the titles I have collected over the years. Not including film versions because everything I have is the old 8 track or whatever came after 8 track but before DVD. **!!
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL; ANNE FRANK, DEFINITIVE EDITION, 1991
TITLE: ANNE FRANK, HIDDEN LIFE BY MIRJAM PRESSLER PUFFIN BOOKS 2000
ROSES FROM THE EARTH, BIOGRAPHY OF ANNE FRANK BY CAROL ANN LEE, 1999,
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF OTTO FRANK, BY CAROL ANN LEE, 2003
ANNE FRANK, THE BIOGRAPHY, BY MELISSA MULLER WITH A NOTE FROM MIEP GIES
VICTOR KUGLER, THE MAN WHO HID ANNE FRANK, EDA SHAPIRO & RICK KARDONNE, 2004
SEARCHING FOR ANNE FRANK, FROM AMSTERDAM TO IOWA, BY SUSAN GOLDMAN RUBIN 2003
ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED BY MIEP GIES 1987
A HISTORY FOR TODAY/ANNE FRANK FROM ANNE FRANK HOUSE (this is a small softcover book from the Anne Frank House/museum
SHADOW LIFE/PORTRAIT OF ANNE FRANK & HER FAMILY,BARRY DENENBERG, 2005
TITLE EVA’S STORY, A SURVIVORS TALE BY THE STEP SISTER OF ANNE FRANK,EVA SCHLOSS1988
MEMORIES OF ANNE FRANK, REFLECTIONS OF A CHILDHOOD FRIEND,BY ALISON LESLIE GOLD 1997
ANN FRANK, BEYOND THE DIARY, RUUD VAB DER RIK ABD RUAB VERHOEVEN FOR THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE, 1993
ANNE FRANK, THE BOOK, THE LIFE, THE AFTERLIFE, BY FRANCINE PROSE, 2009
ANNE FRANK THE DIARY, THE HOUSE, THE FOUNDATION, 1987
ANNE FRANK’S TALES FROM THE SECRET ANNEX (fables, short stories, an unfinished novel translated by Michael Mok, copyright 1960 by Otto Frank,
AN OBSESSION WITH ANNE FRANK, MEYER LEVIN AND THE DIARY LAWRENCE GRAVER 1995
ANNE FRANK AND THE CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST, BY CAROL ANN LEE, 2006
HANNAH GOSLAR REMEMBERS/A CHILDHOOD FRIEND OF ANNE FRANK. ALISON LESLIE GOLD1997/SOFT COVER
LOVE, OTTO/THE LEGACY OF ANNE FRANK, BY CARA WILSON 1995
MY NAME IS ANNE, SHE SAID, ANNE FRANK by Jacqueline van Maarsen 2003
THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS OF ANNE FRANK BY WILLY LINDWER, 1988
and perhaps my greatest treasure, a large oversize book “INSIDE ANNE FRANK’S HOUSE, AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY THROUGH ANNE’S WORLD INTRODUCRTION BY HANNS WESTRA, EXEC DIRECTION THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE WITH 219 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS AND 159 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS–this book originally sold in the USA for $55.oo. I don’t remember what I paid for it & I can’t find the copyright date but it’s from the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. and I bought it in 2005,
Sandra Lee Smith
Originally written August, 2009, updated June 12-13 2018