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#74: Treasures from the Attic - Mirjam Pressler (WITH GIVEAWAY)

Synopsis & Book Info:
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.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385533393
Purchase at Amazon


My Opinion:
If you read The Diary of Anne Frank, such as I did, you know what a wonderful girl she was in one of the worst time in history.
Who wouldn't want to know where she came from?!
When I saw Treasures from the Attic, I knew I would love it!
Anne Frank's story stayed with me most of my life, since reading her story as a child. It resonated deep in my soul, how strong not only this girl, but those in her family hiding with her.
Now I know where she gets it from.
Her family has been through so much, and still maintaining a high amount of dignity along the way. This family is one that is easy to read about and fall in love with.
Yes there is a few heart wrenching moments, but those moments show who these people really are as well.
A definite good read!


Recommend? Yes.

~I received a copy from DoubleDay. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Thanks to Liz and DoubleDay, I have 2 copies up for grabs.


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  1. I read the Diary of Anne Frank a few years ago and found it fascinating and horrifying. She was an amazing young woman. I'd like to read this book too but I'll have to have a look around since I am Canadian. Great review Freda.

  2. Thanks for the great review, and I really want to read it now.

    Not an entry (another Canadian)

  3. I too read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was very young and it made a lasting impression on me. I think it is amazing that more records surfaced.

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  8. I read it when I was younger. It is a story that stays with you forever.

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  10. When I was thirteen, I was gifted the book: The Diary of Anne Frank. Anne, incidentally, was gifted the diary in which she wrote at the same age. I must confess that at that age, I didn't like this book, I would have preferred a mystery novel. But I would love to read it again.

  11. Nope never read it
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  12. Four times! My father gave it to me for my thirteenth birthday. I dare not look at it or I will read it again. It made me feel my big problems were little compared to hers.


  13. My Twitter name is Carolee888 and I tweeted: Giveaway of 'Treasures from the Attic'


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  18. I read it years ago!

    kelli at pfrog dot net

  19. Hi Freda, I have not read Ann Frank's diary and would love to look at it at the library.

  20. I am a stalker of you for a long time lol!! (FOLLOWER) hehehe!

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  22. Yes, I have read it, although it's been many years. It's still one of my favorites.

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  27. Yes - a long time ago. I would love to read this book, too! aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com



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