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The Legacy of Anne Frank (Paperback)

WWII Social History Colour Books

By Gillian Walnes Perry
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 289
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526731043
Published: 3rd August 2018
Last Released: 10th April 2019

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From her secret hiding place in wartime Amsterdam, the Jewish teenager Anne Frank wrote heart-wrenchingly about the terrors of a captivity that would ultimately end with her death at the hands of the Nazis. In her world-famous diaries, she described with remarkable honesty her transition from childhood to a deep thinking, opinionated and passionate teenager. The life she longed to live, during which she would help to create a more caring world, was tragically not to be. In August 1944, she and her family were captured and deported to Auschwitz.

Two years after her death from starvation and disease in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, her diary was published. It quickly became an international sensation, going on to influence hearts and minds for over seventy years.

Although many books and literary analyses have been written about Anne Frank’s life and diary, none have explored the surprising influence she has had on young people in countries all over the world, helping to shape their moral framework and giving them critical life skills. This is due in part to the merits of a travelling exhibition created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam in 1985 which has so far been seen by over 9 million people. The Anne Frank exhibition, along with its innovative educational and cultural activities, has circumnavigated the globe many times.

In this fascinating study, Gillian Walnes Perry explores the various legacies of Anne Frank's influence. She looks at the complex life of Anne Frank’s father and the motivations that powered his educational philosophy. She shares new insights into the real Anne Frank, personally gifted by those who actually knew her. Global icons such as Nelson Mandela and Audrey Hepburn relate the influence that Anne Frank had on shaping their own lives.

This book presents - all in one place and for the very first time - the inspirational stories of a diverse variety of people from all over the world, brought together by the words of one particularly articulate and inspiring teenage victim of the Holocaust.

Author interview commemorating the 90th anniversary of Anne Frank's birth

BBC Radio Cumbria with presenter Mike Zeller, 12th June 2019

From a chilling and disturbing prologue, this non-fiction book opens with the untimely and tragic death of a teenaged girl in Auschwitz. However, despite this opening, instead of looking at her death, the book focuses on her life and chronicles the legacy teenager Annelies Marie Frank left behind.
The first two chapters give an abridged idea of life surrounding young Anne Frank and then intricate details about her father Otto. Chapters afterwards detail how her story was opened up to the world. Taking on board how important the contents of this book is, makes it so much harder to give it justice by way of a review.
But this book isn’t only about the girl, it shows how far reaching her legacy goes. All the countries and all the people the words in her diary touched through topics like racism, politics, isolation and murder which surrounded Frank and millions like her. Readers across the globe, through her infamous diary, later The Anne Frank Trust and then the ‘Anne Frank in the World’, travelling exhibition are educated about the Holocaust. Then Frank’s legacy takes them a stage further as people from countries who considered it ‘far and distant’ now understand it as ‘real and present’. These countries are as far afield as the Ukraine, Latin American, Argentina and India.
Famous names have spoken about the topics included in Frank’s legacy because they’ve experienced them too. Nelson Mandela was one speaker and Audrey Hepburn another as she lived in the same country at the same time as Anne Frank yet witnessed the Holocaust from a different angle.
Taking a step back from the theme of the book, however, it is interesting to learn that Jacob, Anne’s paternal grandfather told Otto, his son that Anne’s diary was ‘interesting but who would want to read it?’. This tiny titbit is almost lost in the 300 pages of small text but how thrilled I am that such a fascinating sentence jumped out at me. That sentence alone should empower writers everywhere that they have a voice worth listening too, as did Anne.
A powerful read. It’s probably useful to read The Diary of Anne Frank beforehand or, at very least, afterwards.

For the Love of Books

As featured by

About Manchester, 6th March 2019

Writing with great passion, Perry takes the reader on the path that she covered, describing not just the travels of the exhibition, but the way in which the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Trust, together with the establishment of satellites in other countries, became transformed into agents for peace and reconciliation around the world.

Church Times, 25th January 2019 - reviewed by Charles Middleburgh

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authentic

A beautifully written book sharing gorgeous stories of inspiration to lift our youth tying à timeless premise of peace throughout the world with Anne as the focal point offers readers insight and current themes of action and compassion for every age.

Amazon Customer

Interview article with author as featured by

Jewish News, 1st November 2018

As featured by

The Jewish Chronicle, 26th October 2018

About Gillian Walnes Perry

Gillian Walnes Perry co-founded the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990, along with family and friends of Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank. In 2010, she was awarded an MBE for her work in education. She has spent time with many people who knew Anne Frank personally, and educators from all over the world who have tirelessly been perpetuating the powerful messages of Anne's life and writing. After 26 years of building the Anne Frank Trust, she retired as the charity’s Executive Director in 2016. She now lectures and writes about the life and legacy of Anne Frank, as well as a range of popular social history topics.

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