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Anne Frank

The Biography

Melissa Müller

Picador

UPDATED AND FILLED WITH STRIKING NEW REVELATIONS, THE BESTSELLING, “SUPERB” BIOGRAPHY THAT “HONORS IN FULL A LIFE WE THOUGHT WE KNEW” (NEWSWEEK)

Praised as “remarkable,” “meticulous,” and “long overdue,” Anne Frank: The Biography, originally published in 1998, still stands as the definitive account of the girl who has become “the human face of the Holocaust.” Full of revelations, Müller’s richly textured narrative returned Anne Frank to history, portraying the flesh-and-blood girl unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting.

Now, sixteen years after the book first appeared, much new information has come to light: letters sent by Otto Frank to relatives in America as he sought to emigrate with his family, the identity of other suspects involved in the betrayal of the Franks, and important details about the family’s arrest and subsequent fate. Revised and updated with more than thirty percent new material, this is an indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died.

UPDATED AND FILLED WITH STRIKING NEW REVELATIONS, THE BESTSELLING, “SUPERB” BIOGRAPHY THAT “HONORS IN FULL A LIFE WE THOUGHT WE KNEW” (NEWSWEEK)

Praised as “remarkable,” “meticulous,” and “long overdue,” Anne Frank: The Biography, originally published in 1998, still stands as the definitive account of the girl who has become “the human face of the Holocaust.” Full of revelations, Müller’s richly textured narrative returned Anne Frank to history, portraying the flesh-and-blood girl unsentimentalized and so all the more affecting.

Now, sixteen years after the book first appeared, much new information has come to light: letters sent by Otto Frank to relatives in America as he sought to emigrate with his family, the identity of other suspects involved in the betrayal of the Franks, and important details about the family’s arrest and subsequent fate. Revised and updated with more than thirty percent new material, this is an indispensable volume for all those who seek a deeper understanding of Anne Frank and the brutal times in which she lived and died.

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THE ARREST
 
 
Hush. Be quiet. Whisper. Walk softly … take off your shoes. Who’s still in the bathroom? The water’s running. For God’s sake, don’t flush the toilet! After two years you should know better than to be so careless. Empty the chamber pots. Shove the beds back out of the way. The church bells are already ringing the half hour. When the workers arrive at 8:30, there has to be dead silence.
The usual morning ritual in the secret annex. At 6:45 the alarm clock goes off in Hermann and Auguste van Pels’s room, so
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Praise for Anne Frank

“One might ask, what remains to be said about Anne Frank? Quite a bit, as it turns out.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The first serious biography of Anne Frank.”—David Barnouw and Gerrold van der Stroom, editors of The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition

“Müller pays respect to the legend, but she also does something long overdue. She saves Anne Frank from idolatry and impersonal symbolism by restoring her physical presence.”—Time

“A meticulous and gripping narrative.”—Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

“Müller biography ably celebrates ‘a life of singular intensity.’ ...In the end, it does exactly what it should: sends us back to Anne’s words.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Remarkable…Müller has achieved the near-impossible by restoring human proportions to the near mysthical Anne.…she has returned the young writer to history.”—Susan Jacoby, Newsday

“Flawlessly researched and compellingly written...In her comprehensive and nuanced portrait of Anne and her collapsing world, Müller has given us Anne Frank for adults.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“In this updated edition of her superb 1998 biography, Müller adds immeasurably to a well-known story...An invaluable complement to an immortal testimony.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“Müller offers an especially impressive portrait of Anne’s father, Otto, as well as a chilling, convincing theory about the Dutch informant who likely led the Gestapo to the secret annex.”—Carolyn Alessio, Chicago Tribune (editor’s choice)

“A thoughtful book, honorable and fluent...humane.”—Robert Skloot, The Nation

“The author’s literary gifts and exhaustive research distinguish Anne Frank: The Biography as both an absorbing and definitive text.”—Deborah Hornblow, The Hartford Courant

“Müller succeeds in rounding out the picture of the sensitive and talented Jewish schoolgirl though interviews with friends and family, letters and previously unavailable documents.”—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“One might ask, what remains to be said about Anne Frank? Quite a bit, as it turns out.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The first serious biography of Anne Frank.”—David Barnouw and Gerrold van der Stroom, editors of The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition

“Müller pays respect to the legend, but she also does something long overdue. She saves Anne Frank from idolatry and impersonal symbolism by restoring her physical presence.”—Time

“A meticulous and gripping narrative.”—Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

“Müller biography ably celebrates ‘a life of singular intensity.’ ...In the end, it does exactly what it should: sends us back to Anne’s words.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Remarkable…Müller has achieved the near-impossible by restoring human proportions to the near mysthical Anne.…she has returned the young writer to history.”—Susan Jacoby, Newsday

“Flawlessly researched and compellingly written...In her comprehensive and nuanced portrait of Anne and her collapsing world, Müller has given us Anne Frank for adults.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“In this updated edition of her superb 1998 biography, Müller adds immeasurably to a well-known story...An invaluable complement to an immortal testimony.”—Kirkus (starred review)

“Müller offers an especially impressive portrait of Anne’s father, Otto, as well as a chilling, convincing theory about the Dutch informant who likely led the Gestapo to the secret annex.”—Carolyn Alessio, Chicago Tribune (editor’s choice)

“A thoughtful book, honorable and fluent...humane.”—Robert Skloot, The Nation

“The author’s literary gifts and exhaustive research distinguish Anne Frank: The Biography as both an absorbing and definitive text.”—Deborah Hornblow, The Hartford Courant

“Müller succeeds in rounding out the picture of the sensitive and talented Jewish schoolgirl though interviews with friends and family, letters and previously unavailable documents.”—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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  • Melissa Müller is the author of numerous books on the history of the Third Reich. Her biography of Anne Frank has been translated into eighteen languages to date. Müller lives in Munich with her family.
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