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100+ Page Biographies That Help Students Grasp the Enormity of the Holocaust The history of the Holocaust is in many ways the story of individuals. These biographies examine the key figures during this shameful time in human history. Focusing both on the victims and the perpetrators of evil, these titles recount the depravity, suffering, and courage that took place during 100+ Page Biographies That Help Students Grasp the Enormity of the Holocaust The history of the Holocaust is in many ways the story of individuals. These biographies examine the key figures during this shameful time in human history. Focusing both on the victims and the perpetrators of evil, these titles recount the depravity, suffering, and courage that took place during the Holocaust. These gripping and affecting books help teens understand the heroic, infamous, and little-known people of the Holocaust. They will inspire teens to understand the meaning of moral commitment and to say "never again." An excellent supplement to the history and social studies curricula.


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100+ Page Biographies That Help Students Grasp the Enormity of the Holocaust The history of the Holocaust is in many ways the story of individuals. These biographies examine the key figures during this shameful time in human history. Focusing both on the victims and the perpetrators of evil, these titles recount the depravity, suffering, and courage that took place during 100+ Page Biographies That Help Students Grasp the Enormity of the Holocaust The history of the Holocaust is in many ways the story of individuals. These biographies examine the key figures during this shameful time in human history. Focusing both on the victims and the perpetrators of evil, these titles recount the depravity, suffering, and courage that took place during the Holocaust. These gripping and affecting books help teens understand the heroic, infamous, and little-known people of the Holocaust. They will inspire teens to understand the meaning of moral commitment and to say "never again." An excellent supplement to the history and social studies curricula.

30 review for Anne Frank: Young Voice of the Holocaust (Holocaust Biographies)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yasmine Tajmouati

    October 24 2014 Anne Frank, the young voice of the Holocaust is a non-fiction book that takes place in the 1900s. A young girl named Anne Frank writes in her journal what she experiences at very young age. Anne Frank was a victim of the Holocaust. Despite what she went through during her short life, she remained hopeful and courageous. Its really a wonder that I havent dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, October 24 2014 Anne Frank, the young voice of the Holocaust is a non-fiction book that takes place in the 1900’s. A young girl named Anne Frank writes in her journal what she experiences at very young age. Anne Frank was a victim of the Holocaust. Despite what she went through during her short life, she remained hopeful and courageous. “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart” (Alagna, 5). Anne Frank was born on June 12 1929 in Germany and was the second child of Otto and Edith Frank. The Frank family is Jews and is not very wealthy. They first lived in Germany, but because of Hitler’s anti-Jewish laws they moved in Amsterdam. In September 1939, World War II began and the Nazis occupied Netherlands. The Holocaust is the name of the Jews under Nazi rule. Their next step was the final solution, which meant mass killings or extermination of the Jews. By 1942, Hitler and the Nazis decided to transport the Jews from Germany to death camps. That was when the Frank family went to hide in an annex. Their neighbors, Herman and Auguste van Pels and their son, joined them one week later. In the annex, everyone had to be extremely quit for fear of being discovered. They could barely move around or talk at all most of the time. It was very difficult for them, but with time, they got used to it. Anne did not always get along with everyone in the annex. She sometimes had a stormy relationship with the van Pels as they thought that Anne was in need of discipline. She also shared a room with Frits Pfeffer, who is forty years older than Anne. Most of the time, Anne couldn’t control her temper and got upset with adults. Anne wrote: “ They mustn’t know my despair. I can’t let them see the wound which they have caused, The whole day I hear nothing else but that I am an insufferable baby, ad although I laugh about it and pretend not to take any notice, I do mind. I’ve got the nature that has been given to me and I’m sure it can’t be bad” (Alagna, 37) Most of Anne’s days resembled to those descriptions. October 31 Anne had a special relationship with the boy who lived with her in the Annex, Peter van Pels. Wile they were hiding, Peter and Anne spent a lot of time together. In the beginning, Anne only wanted to be friend with Peter, but with time, she realized she had feelings for him. Anne started to get a little more happy and excited every time she was with Peter. Only then she realized he was a disappointment to her. They were complete opposites and Peter wasn’t very nice with Anne most of the time. It turns out that Peter wasn’t like what Anne thought he was. Anne wrote: I created an image of him in my mind. I needed a living person to whom I could pour out my heart; I wanted a friend who’d help to put me on the right road. I achieved what I wanted”(Alagna, 38) Eventually, Anne realized that she had “conquered” Peter instead of he “conquering” her. Anne’s relationship with her family was ordinary. She often didn’t get along with her mother. Anne wrote: “ My mother is cold, mocking ways and I had to mother myself” (Alagna, 40) Anne also frequently got upset when adults were treating her like a child. Anne loved her father. Even though, he annoyed her sometimes, Anne frequently wrote in her diary that the situation would have been unbearable in the annex if it were not for her father. Anne had a weird relationship with her sister, Margot. Anne found it difficult to be close to such a “goody-goody” person. However, they shared some heart-to-heart talks and later on would be inseparable. As one can see, Anne was very friendly, but at the same time very sensitive. She didn’t like people who treated her as an infant and had a very strong character. One can think that she lived an ordinary life in the annex, but it wasn’t that simple. She couldn’t go out and didn’t have privacy. She had a lot of different relationship with different kind of people and was very kind. In conclusion, Anne Frank grew out to be a wonderful young woman who was very responsible. November 7 Anne lived a special life along with her diary. She even gave a name to her diary, Kitty, so that she would feel as if she were writing letters to a friend. Every time she would write in her diary, she would feel much joy and excitement. “ When I write, I can shake off all my cares” (Alagna 49). Anne’s main purpose of keeping a diary was to have a confidant. In her diary, she would write down everything about her including her secrets and how she felt about things. Anne had many questions and couldn’t figure out what was going on around her, but one thing she was sure of was her dream of being a writer and being remembered. Even with all that Anne went through she was always full of hope. She wrote: “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow heel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once more” (Alagna 53). They were many times where the people in the annex were going to be discovered. The warehouse was robbed several times and people were starting to get suspicious. On August 4, 1944, the police inspected the annex after receiving an anonymous phone call saying that some people are hiding there. The Nazi came tramping through the apartment and arrested all eight of its occupants. After that, the residents of the annex were taken to a train station where they were going to be sent to Westerbork, a transit camp for Jews. When the prisoners got off the train at Auschwitz, they were immediately subjected to a selection process. People were selected either for death or were picked for work. Most of the children, especially those under the age of fifteen, were marked for immediate death along with people who looked sick or old. The Frank family was separated at Auschwitz by gender. Otto Frank never saw his family again and Edith, Margot and Anne were taken to the Women’s barracks where their head’s were shaved and numbers were tattooed on their arms. Because the camps were so crowded and dirty, there was much illness. People were stepping on dead bodies constantly since, there were so many corpses that it was difficult to cremate or even bury all the bodies. A couple of months later, Anne Frank died of typhus when she was only fifteen years old. November 14 After the death of his family, Otto Frank returned to Amsterdam. He began to type up Anne’s diary. He edited the diary and took off parts he thought weren’t’ appropriate to be exposed in public. Once the manuscript was ready, Otto Frank wanted to publish the diary, since he thought it was an excellent way for people to know about the Nazis and what they did to the Jews. The diary was first introduced in an article and then was published by a Dutch publishing house. Only 1,500 copies of the original copy were done. After that the diary was translated into fifty-five languages in only five years and more than 24 million copies were sold. The theme of the story can be growing of age. It is so because Anne grows mature and responsible with time. For example, she didn’t get along with her mother and sister. After her family was captured, she understood that family is very important and that no matter what you should never give up on them. After that, Anne tried her best to try to take care of her family and spend all her free tome with them. This is how the theme ” growing of age” relates to Anne Frank. The main characters of this non-fiction story are obviously Anne Frank, her family and the people who were with her in the Annex. Anne Frank had many friends in school and was a very usual girl before going into hiding. She was concerned about her physic, popularity and boys. When she went into hiding she lost part of that. She wasn’t as happy and lost her privacy. During that time, she lost her temper most of the time as she wasn’t used to that “environment” and thought it was temporary. The people around her too weren’t very nice to her. In conclusion, her life completely changed after Anne Frank went into hiding.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kourtney

    A wonderful little book on a heroic young girl of WWII

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    Today, most people know Anne Frank from her diary and bravery for living through the Holocaust, the mass extermination and murder of Jews by the Nazis. Anne was able to impact the world through her honest and touching diaries which gave a voice and face to millions of Holocaust victims. Anne Frank Young Voice of the Holocaust is the brightly written biography written by Magdalena Alagna. This biography focuses on Anne Franks life, experiences, as well as the Holocaust itself. This biography Today, most people know Anne Frank from her diary and bravery for living through the Holocaust, the mass extermination and murder of Jews by the Nazis. Anne was able to impact the world through her honest and touching diaries which gave a voice and face to millions of Holocaust victims. Anne Frank Young Voice of the Holocaust is the brightly written biography written by Magdalena Alagna. This biography focuses on Anne Frank’s life, experiences, as well as the Holocaust itself. This biography successfully summarises Anne Frank’s life, though it is only 105 pages. It contains quotes that demonstrate how life was in the annex and concentration camps from sources who have actually lived the Holocaust, including Anne herself. Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 1933 when Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany, Anne and her family immigrated to Amsterdam. Life started changing for the Frank family and other Jewish family since starting in 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were passed, preventing Jews of the German citizenship. Soon later, in 1938, Jewish passports had to be marked by a “J”. Furthermore, in 1939, Germany invaded Poland, starting World War II and in 1940, the German armies invaded Holland, beginning the German occupation five days later. The Deportation of Holland’s Jews to concentration camp began in 1941, but the plan to kill all Jews in Europe aka the Final Solution began in 1942. Anne received her diary for her thirteenth birthday, however a month later her older sister, Margaux received a letter informing her to report to a work camp. The Franks as well as other Jewish families started hiding in an annex in Amsterdam. Anne and her family were arrested on August 4,1944 by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz. The following October, Anne and Margot were sent to Bergen-Belsen. Unfortunately, in April, Anne died of typhus, a disease transmitted by lice, which causes high fever and delirium. In conclusion, although Anne Frank only passed away when she was 15, she had a big impact on the world, marking history. Anne Frank’s story and diary becoming compelling for millions of people and has inspired the thoughts, writings, and artwork of many politicians and artists all around the world. Many important people have used Anne’s quotes or mentioned her in their speeches, such as Nelson Mandela and John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy once said, “From the many who stood up for the dignity of humans in times of deep sorrow and big losses, no voice is more urgent than Anne Frank’s.” One might ask why Anne Frank became famous, while many victims of the Holocaust did not. The reason why this is that Anne symbolised the Holocaust and parts of her legacy became the foundation of programs that promote the cause of peace in the world. In her writings, Anne was able to ensure that remembering the Holocaust could not be undervalued as well as overlooked. Many worldwide organisations have been dedicated to preserve the memory of Holocaust victims, including Anne Frank. For example, her father, Otto Frank, created the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, Switzerland. The purpose of Otto’s foundation was to promote charity work and peace. Another foundation is the Anne Frank Educational Trust which arranged travel exhibits to show Anne Frank’s stories to all parts of Great Britain. As one can see, Anne Frank has really inspired the world through her experience in the Holocaust, thus many foundations have been created in order to preserve her memory. To conclude, one would recommend this biography to middle school and high school students who are interested in learning about Anne Frank and the Holocaust in a summarised and simpler way. To start with, this biography should not be recommended to adults, since the level is pretty simple and although it does have the big ideas, the biography lacks detail of Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust. This biography does mention many of Anne’s important quotes of her diaries, but adults and students who have an important and detailed project about Anne’s life should read Anne’s diary. Furthermore, this biography could be useful to anyone who is curious about Anne Frank and want to have an overview of what life was like during the Holocaust. On the other hand, the biography includes big ideas and quotes that could be a shortcut to a students who do not have time to read the whole diary or have troubles making connections on their own. In conclusion, this biography should mostly be recommended to students who are older than 12 and who thoroughly understand English, as well as adults who want to find out more about Anne Frank’s life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mathis Kruger

    Friday, 6 February 2015 Anne Frank is known to all as the young voice of the Holocaust. Anne Frank is a young thirteen year old who has to fight for survival against the forces of Hitler. As a young teen Anne must go in hiding in an annex to hide from the Nazis, forced to hide for a total of 2 years Anne Frank must not be heard. She began keeping in 1942, three days after the receiving the journal from her parents for her thirteenth birthday (Alagna 6). Anne kept the diary for two years until Friday, 6 February 2015 Anne Frank is known to all as the young voice of the Holocaust. Anne Frank is a young thirteen year old who has to fight for survival against the forces of Hitler. As a young teen Anne must go in hiding in an annex to hide from the Nazis, forced to hide for a total of 2 years Anne Frank must not be heard. “She began keeping in 1942, three days after the receiving the journal from her parents for her thirteenth birthday” (Alagna 6). Anne kept the diary for two years until August 1944; Anna was later arrested for being Jewish. Anna lived a horribly short life but was remembered. Anne before she went into hiding was a normal young and intelligent girl, who had the attention all around her. During Anne’s early life, Hitler was still gaining control of Germany and the ganging up on Jews was still starting. “At the time that Adolf Hitler was coming to power in Germany, it was the time of The Great Depression in the United States” (Alagna 14).Therefore no trouble occupied Anna, but soon it did and the family of Franks moved to Amsterdam for safety. Not even Amsterdam could keep them safe. Anne was forced to go into hiding when her sister Margot got a letter saying to go to labour camp, which meant going to the concentration camp. Therefore the family were forced to retreat to the annex and were accompanied by a few more neighbours.”It was scary. You would go to school, and your classmates would just disappear. If you didn’t see someone in school, you just had to hope that they were sick and that something more terrible hadn’t happened to them. Out of fifty students in my class at the beginning of the term, I was the only one to be present for the graduation examination at the end of the year” (Alagna 22).Therefore life was hard and the Jews were forced to go to all Jewish schools, soon things start to get worse and the Frank family had to home school Anne. Anne still was intelligent and enjoyed history besides the massive genocide. Anne may seem totally miserable, but she still was able to fall in love. Anne was occupied by a boy named Peter van Pels, which she admired and was in refuge with.”Anne had a special relationship with Peter van Pels. He was a few years older than she” (Alagna 37).Anne describes her feelings about Peter throughout her diary and describes that life isn’t bad when Peter is around, and also has different conflicts with him. Anne, besides the misfortune, is able to have different distractions from the upcoming danger ahead. Friday 13 February 2015 After the Holocaust people didn’t want to hear stories of the genocide. Otto Frank had great trouble publishing Anne’s diary, and most viewers of the diary thought it was fake. “Otto Frank had a hard time finding a company to publish the book” (Alagna 76). Otto Frank tried editing Anne’s diary and took out the negative things on the families relationships, but was re-editing but the war office. Anne Frank was a touching story to thousand and is proof of the horrifying truth of the Holocaust, thus means that it is still heard of about today. Anne Frank was discovered in her annex in 1944 when the police raided the annex. People suspected of Jews hiding in an annex and was never discovered who betrayed them. “Rewards were given to those who betrayed Jews in hiding” (Alagna 55). Soon the Franks were sent to a Westerbok which is a large meeting place for captured Jews. There the Anne Frank family was separated by gender and were taken to different concentration camps, Otto Frank would never see his daughter again. Anne’s days in the concentration camps were hard. Anne had to be shaved off her hair, and was forced to do hard jobs.” Numbers were tattoed on their arms and were checked for gold fillings” (Alagna 60) .People were chosen to work or be gazed, and Anne and some other strong looking girls were able to be chosen to live longer. Anne had to break batteries apart and to share beds with three other people that also computed to transmission of disease. Most of Anne’s family had died and only one would survive. Anne’s few days of living were hard. Anne’s sister, Margot had already died of typhus and so did her mother. Anne had to stay on her bed which was next to the door, so it was cold and all those who were caught outside would be shot to death. “The bodies of the dead were littered all around the camps. There were so many corpses that it was difficult to cremate or even to bury them all” (Alagna 63). Soon time had come for Anne Frank, a day before liberation of the camp Anne died of typhus. Anne’s wish had been accomplished, it was to be a writer and to be remembered, and she was.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alycia Perez

    When we talk about "the holocaust " , everyone has in memory the touching story of Anne Frank , this jewish girl who died in the concentration camp of Bergen Belsen . In fact , in this biography called "Anne Frank , young voice of the holocaust" , the author Magdalena Alagna tells us information on Anne Frank's childhood spent in Frankfort till the family's immigration to Amsterdam . For her thirteen birthday , Anne received a diary that she called "kitty" where she wrote about a lot of things When we talk about "the holocaust " , everyone has in memory the touching story of Anne Frank , this jewish girl who died in the concentration camp of Bergen Belsen . In fact , in this biography called "Anne Frank , young voice of the holocaust" , the author Magdalena Alagna tells us information on Anne Frank's childhood spent in Frankfort till the family's immigration to Amsterdam . For her thirteen birthday , Anne received a diary that she called "kitty" where she wrote about a lot of things "I hope I will be able to confide everything to you as I have never been able to confide in anyone , and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support". In 1942, because of Jewish persecutions in Amsterdam , Anne and her family went into hiding in an "annex" "they were hiding in rooms above a business " . They stayed there till they were arrested on August 4,1944 by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz . The following October , Anne and her sister Margot were sent to Bergen Belsen "it was the beginning of the end " . And in April of the same year , she died of typhus ( a disease transmitted by lice ) "She was just fifteen years old" . Otto Frank , her dad was the only one of the people in the annex to survive the concentration camps . Thanks to the help of Miep Gies ( a member of the Suten resistant ) he founded his daughter 's diary and tried to get it published to deliver his daughter's massage to everyone . For him like for million of people Anne was considered as " a heroe " : despite the difficulties , she had to face during her hiding in the Annex , Anne always kept her optimism . At only thirteen years old , she was private from a part of her childhood but through her writings she was rather resigned she never complained about the situation she accepted her fate till the end of her life with only one friend and one confident :"her diary" . Anne Frank was an extraordinary teenager , she was mature and curious her diary was well written for a thirteen years old girl .She always kept optimistic and positive even in hard situations . But she was above all brave and courageous when we know that she supported everything during nights and days without saying a word : she was determined of being free again . Thanks to her qualities and to her diary , Anne Frank became famous throughout the world , her diary has been translated into more than seventy languages . There have been films and plays written about Anne Frank . And today , more than one million people visit Anne Frank's house every year "it is dedicated to educating people about the horror of the holocaust and the dangers of prejudice" . But even if this book is ratter tragic and dramatic there are some parts which are more entertaining than others. For example , when Anne talks about the relationship she had with Peter ( her boyfriend) we didn't have the feeling that Anne was different from the girls of her age . Despite the fact that the situation outside was catastrophic and terrible . " Peter and Anne spent a lot of time together in close quarters " as if it was normal . These details helps the reader to read this book till the end without being shocked . In fact there is a moment which is the most tragic . When the member of the secret Annex were arrested by the Gestapo separated them and sent them to different concentration camps where most of them die .the living conditions as well as the work in the camps are details which I prefered not to read because they are so touching and so horrible . But even if the story is very sad I highly recommend all the students to read this book . First it's written in very simple way and it is accessible to everyone . It's full of details that every student has the right to know because it's a part of history that no one can ignore . " Moreover Anne Frank's honesty touching diary entries gave a voice and a face to millions of holocaust victims ". comments : Meriem Matar , Mia AMhal and AMine Mikou

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was an okay biography. I liked Anne's story, but the other didn't focus much on that. In the end the author was just talking about different museums and websites. This wasn't an awful book, but it wasn't good either.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arlee4eva

    Happy new years!!!

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