THE DIARY

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

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