Cover of: Treasures from the attic | Mirjam Pressler

Treasures from the attic

the extraordinary story of Anne Frank's family

1st American ed.

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Published by Doubleday in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

The story is one that is envisioned by many: a relative, an old woman who has lived in the same home for a lifetime, passes away, her death prompting the inevitable task of sorting through her effects by her surviving family. But in the attic in this particular house, a treasure trove of historic importance is found. Rarely does this become an actuality, but when Helene Elias died, no one could put a price on what she left behind. Helene Elias was born Helene Frank, sister to Otto Frank, and therefore aunt to Anne Frank. Ensconced upstairs in the house she inherited from her mother, and eventually passed on to her son, Buddy Elias, Anne's cousin and childhood playmate, was the documented legacy of the Frank family: a vast collection of photos, letters, drawings, poems, and postcards preserved throughout decades -- a cache of over 6,000 documents in all. Chronicled by Buddy's wife, Gertrude, and renowned German author Mirjam Pressler, these findings weave an indelible, engaging, and endearing portrait of the family that shaped Anne Frank. They wrote to one another voluminously; recounted summer holidays, and wrote about love and hardships. They reassured one another during the terrible years and waited anxiously for news after the war had ended. Through these letters, they rejoiced in new life, and honored the memories of those they lost. Anne's family believed themselves to ordinary members of Germany's bourgeoisie. That they were wrong is part of history, and we celebrate them here with this extraordinary account. - Publisher.

Edition Notes

"Originally published in Germany as Grüsse und Küsse an alle: Die Geschichte der Familie von Anne Frank by S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, in 2009"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-404).


Dewey Decimal Class
940.53/180922, B
Library of Congress
DS134.42.F73 P7413 2011

The Physical Object

vi, 404 p., [12] p. of plates
Number of pages
22 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
LC Control Number

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