10 Days Anne Frank~What a powerful book! To be honest I’ve read a few books on Anne Frank~The Diary of Anne Frank and Anne Frank Remembered~and they are all powerful stories. Most people know the story of Anne Frank but if you don’t you really should pick up one of these three novels and learn a bit about this really amazing girl.
Anne Frank was a young girl of eleven when the first stirrings of war began. Her parents are whispering a lot and her father seems nervous. He’s usually the calm one, the one in control. Anne is becoming scared that something is wrong. She knows that her father is worried because The Netherlands have surrendered to the German army and there are German soldiers out in the streets, but to her Nazis are just the bad guys she hears about when listening to the radio up until now. Mr. Frank regrets not sending his girls, Anne and Margot, to England where they would have been safe.
The year is now 1942, Anne is about to be thirteen years old. She’s living in a world where she has to go to a new school that is designed to keep the Jewish children away from all the others. She doesn’t see her old friends anymore~the one’s that aren’t Jewish. She must also wear a star on all her clothes now distinguishing her as a Jew. They were pretty much forbidden to do anything that might put them in contact with non-Jews.
It’s still 1942 and the Frank family is now going into hiding in the Secret Annex. This is a hidden space in the building where Mr. Frank has his business. They’ve got the ammenities like bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms but the one thing they don’t have is freedom. During the day they must be very quiet so that the workers don’t hear them and they can’t leave~it would jeopardize their safety in the annex.
Eventually in 1944, The Franks and the others hiding with them are found. They are first taken to Westerbork, a work camp. They are known as ‘Criminal Jews’ because they had gone into hiding instead of surrendering in the beginning of the war meaning they receive less food and are not permitted to stay together as a family. Later they are transported in horrible conditions on a train to Auschwitz. Anne never sees her father again.
The conditions are horrible, the work is hard. Auschwitz was built to kill people as quickly and efficiently as possible~up to 2000 at a time. By 1945 Anne is very ill as is her sister Margot. A typhus epidemic has been spreading throughout the camp. Anne hasn’t seen her mother for a while; she presumes she is already dead. With the Allied forces only weeks away from liberating the camp, both Anne and her sister pass away. Anne Frank was fifteen years old.
The reading level for this book is geared towards 9-12 year olds but reads just fine for an adult audience as well. This story is told to us as the events of these 10 Days being the days that not only changed Anne’s world, but ours as well. I’ve read quite a few novels now on the Holocaust and I’m always just as horrified and heartbroken each time I read something else~the pain for the Jewish people who endured this doesn’t go away. I am so sorry that these atrocities happened to them and again reading more of Anne’s story just drives that home again. With this book you really get more of a view of how Anne felt about what was going on around her. Later, her father who did survive, will be given Anne’s diary. Finally he will feel strong enough to read it and know that he has to get Anne’s story published~just as she would have wanted.
Finally, to end this post I’d like to share the description on the back cover…
‘A Wrenching Decision
~to flee Germany,
A Chilling Letter
~that sent her family into Hiding,
The gift of her one true confidante-
A Sickening Betrayal
~to the Nazis,
~and a tragedy in the concentration camps
~just before Liberation.
These days and five others shook Anne’s world—and yours.’
May we never forget the horrors suffered by these brave people and may we never have to see something like this happen again.
Another review of this novel is over at Diary of an Eccentric. Both Anna and The Girl give us their views on this heartbreaking story.