The Hidden Life of Otto Frank

The Hidden Life of Otto Frank In this definitive new biography Carol Ann Lee provides the answer to one of the most heartbreaking questions of modern times Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis Probing this startlin

  • Title: The Hidden Life of Otto Frank
  • Author: Carol Ann Lee
  • ISBN: 9780060520830
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this definitive new biography, Carol Ann Lee provides the answer to one of the most heartbreaking questions of modern times Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis Probing this startling act of treachery, Lee brings to light never before documented information about Otto Frank and the individual who would claim responsibility revealing a terrifying relaIn this definitive new biography, Carol Ann Lee provides the answer to one of the most heartbreaking questions of modern times Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis Probing this startling act of treachery, Lee brings to light never before documented information about Otto Frank and the individual who would claim responsibility revealing a terrifying relationship that lasted until the day Frank died Based upon impeccable research into rare archives and filled with excerpts from the secret journal that Frank kept from the day of his liberation until his return to the Secret Annex in 1945, this landmark biography at last brings into focus the life of a little understood man whose story illuminates some of the most harrowing and memorable events of the last century.

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    1. From the moment I began reading, I was completely engrossed. I hadn't ever read much about Otto, Anne's father, seeing as most of the literature about their family is focused solely upon Anne. However, this book proved to be an absolutely fascinating read, providing much needed background and insight into family dynamics from an adult perspective that helped to understand significance of events that I had read about previously in other books. The book begins with Otto's childhood in Germany and [...]

    2. When we think of the Holocaust we see its horror and inhumanity in grainy photographs of a dark-eyed teenage girl--a gifted writer and romantic with dreams of having her fiction published following the Allied Forces' inevitable victory in World War II, but died during a typhus outbreak at Bergen-Belsen and buried in a mass grave three weeks before the camp was liberated by British troops. We all read Diary of a Young Girl in school; we all see in Anne Frank the sad, broken eyes of the six millio [...]

    3. A rather salacious sounding title, but in fact it's not really the stuff of the National Enquirer. Otto Frank is primarily known as the father of Anne Frank and this biography tries to give him more dimension. In her diary Anne talks about her parents' as not being a love match and the book provides supporting information. The book also names Tonny Ahlers as the betrayer. Members of the Ahlers family are quoted as agreeing that he was. Ahlers is mentioned as having blackmailed Otto Frank even af [...]

    4. Narrative and truth are, at times, subjective especially in the case of narrative. Truth is also subjective. This idea of narrative and truth come into play in this book.Lee's book is somewhat a biography of Otto Frank as well as a proposal for who betrayed or informed on the Franks. The edition I have was apparently updated slightly after the furor raised by the first. It should be noted that this is not a complete look at the afterlife of Anne's diary, for that read Anne Frank: The Book, The L [...]

    5. This was my fourth book about Holocaust but I still got depressed and sad. However, I am giving this book a star less than the last one AUSCHWITZ: THE NEW HISTORY. The reason is that almost half of the book deals with who betrayed the Anne Frank and her family which for me should not be the main motivation for the readers.For me, what is really makes the book interesting is to find out what happened after the betrayal. It's been almost a couple of decades back since I read ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY [...]

    6. I am forever changed by the account of Otto Frank's life before, during, and after WWII. His outlook on humanity is truly to be admired. His words inspire me to look beyond my own hang-ups. He was a true humanitarian against all odds. His love for his family is unparalleled. And, his desire to keep Anne's words alive was unfailing. This book also sheds light on the person/people who might have been responsible in betraying the families hiding at 263 Prinsengracht, Amsterdam.

    7. Not all its cracked up to be. First of all, there's no "hidden life," not really, as the title implies. Second of all, although there are a few new pieces of information on Otto Frank's life, especially his younger days and his time in the concentration camps, ultimately there's very little that hasn't already been published by 3000 other books on this subject.Well, that's not entirely true. The problem is, the "new information" touted in this book is that the author finally, at last, reveals wh [...]

    8. Full Review: thebookwormslibrary/?pLee documents the life of Otto Frank — Anne’s father — and his professional world in business prior to the Nazi occupation. It is within this context that the earliest stages of this tragedy actually started. One of the greatest mysteries of what happened in those last days prior to arrest is who betrayed the family to the Nazi’s and why. Lee does a great job of researching and presenting the documents and historical record of Otto Frank’s life and hi [...]

    9. This is an interesting addendum to Anne Frank's diary. I read this quite a long time ago and have to admit, the impression left was exactly positive. To the author's credit, this has more to do with Otto Frank himself than her meticulous research and writing. I appreciate that Lees has taken the time to give an honest, candid portrait of Anne Frank's father and as a result, the Frank family as a whole. A real, complex man is presented to the reader, along with a real, very complex and at times d [...]

    10. I am speechless as I finish this book,which could rightfully be re-titled, "Anne Frank: The Rest of the Story." Indeed, this rich history as described by Carol Ann Lee only serves to reveal more fully the depth and complexity of human experience so clearly depicted in Anne's original diaries. At times excruciating, it is never the less essential that one reads this book to the very last page in order to understand the full implications of what may ~ or may not ~ have happened on August 4,1944, a [...]

    11. This is one of those books that I found interesting for a number of reasons that the author may not have intended. Was not impressed by the question of who informed on the families nor did I find it compelling to understand the reasoning for the conclusions (or lack of them) re this topic. I did enjoy reading about the Otto's quandries and decisions about how to deal with the material from the diary and who to involve in the different stages of the processcluding the play and the movie.

    12. Prior to visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, I read this engrossing account of how Otto Frank edited not only Anne's diary prior to release/publication, but how he also edited events and relationships he contributed to prior to the murder of his family. While we are not told what to think or what conclusions to emphatically arrive at, Carol Ann Lee does an incredible job of investigative reporting, lending a new look at the events that we in America have selectively repac [...]

    13. A very important book if you want to understand the effects of the holocaust on families and, in Otto Frank's case, survivors. it provides the context into focus of Anne Frank's lifeher forbears and the challenges her father faced in both the publishing and dramatic adaptations of the diary.

    14. An interesting look into the life of Frank reveals many things, including the confirmation that he was not particularly fond of his wife Edith. All in all an interesting read.

    15. Just when I think I've seen all the documentaries and read all I could on the Holocaust, another author reveals more. It is one thing to see the inhumanity of the Nazis on film, but when you read the numbers of how many Jewish people and others were murdered, it is almost too much to fathom. Otto Frank was a kind and complicated man who loved his family deeply. The author raises the question of who turned in the Frank family. In my opinion, she answers it! This story is so sad and what occurred [...]

    16. I will likely come back and revise what I write here since it is 3AM and I'm up because I'm sick. This book is exhaustively footnoted which seems to give it a sense of reliability. The author had first written a biography of Anne Frank before deciding to research this book. I find her pretty realistic, but definitely opinionated. For example, she makes it clear that in her eyes Meyer Levin, who wanted to write the play of the diary and was turned down, was a man with a mission which Otto disagre [...]

    17. Who is Otto Frank? Like millions of people across the globe, the name is familiar to me. He is the father of Anne Frank and the only surviving member of her (immediate) family from the nazi concentration camps of WWII. Whilst Anne Frank is known all over the world for her diary - written whilst she was a teenager and mostly during her hiding from the Nazis - all I knew of her father was what I read in that diary. By chance I recently came across a memoir "After Auschwitz" by Eva Schloss, whose m [...]

    18. So at last we know who betrayed the Frank,Van Piels and Pffeffer family from the annexe, I am not good with not knowing these things, reading about Otto, and some background to his life also gives another view to the diary. To have been so close to the end of the war, to have been the very last transport to be sent to Poland & Germany, to have been so close that knowing Otto was an ex German Soldier would have meant a different camp so many near misses that culminated into one bit hit, so se [...]

    19. Ann franc is the book that I read. It talks about a Jewish girl that had big defecoltis in world war 2. Before the world war she lived in a normal hose with here 3 sisters and brothers and ofcors her parent. One day when here and here family where in the dining room a plane threw a bombe next to the house when it exploded they new that something was wrong. The family where writ next to the factory of the father so they went at the basement of the factory it was like a bum car. Ann franc and here [...]

    20. I am not normally a big reader of Biographies. I usually prefer to get caught up in a good fiction novel, mystery, suspense or other adventure type of book! But I was captivated throughout most of this book. There were a couple parts in the middle to end that dragged a little, but overall it was very interesting. I have always been intrigued about the story of Anne Frank and other real life people's experiences with the Holocaust. As I have learned more about Anne Frank, I always wondered how he [...]

    21. Amazing, simply amazing book. This insightful volume follows the life of Otto Frank from birth to death and beyond. A great portion of the book attempts to prove that Tonny Ahler was the person who betrayed the Franks and their hiding place. Much attention is given to the struggles Otto endured following his liberation from Auschwitz after enduring so very much there. He eventually publishes Anne's diary, but there were many obstacles in his way. He however overcame them. This is a theme o the b [...]

    22. A fascinating account of the Frank family, though not an easy read. This book is non-fiction and the author has researched her subject well. Having read the Diary years ago, it was interesting to learn the history and background of the Franks. Otto seems to have had good business sense and this enabled him to continue running his company even when officially being Jewish it was no longer allowed.Carol Ann Lee's book also gave more details of the years they spent in hiding, as seen from a differe [...]

    23. I felt as though this book gave me insight on Otto Frank's life and feelings before, during, and after hiding. Which I'll admit is something I don't know much of. That being sad, I highly doubt that I'll take this book as my main source of information on Otto Frank. There were some things that were said that make me question where the information came from. And though I did enjoy the book, for me I felt like it focused a bit too much on the question of "who betrayed the Frank family?" than the q [...]

    24. A good book. Everyone always has their focus on the girl herself: Anne Frank, and it was nice to have a book on her father, Otto.It was interesting to know about Otto's early life and his sojourn in New York, his relationship with Anne and Margot's mother, Edith. His life after the Holocaust (who knew the man liked travel? now I do) and of course, the editing and publishing of the diary. The details about the man who betrayed the people in the Annex and so on so fourth.It was informative, but it [...]

    25. This book was a very sad and depressing story about the Holocaust. i thought it was very sad because it talked about when they were in hiding with this other family.It was also depressing because it tells that the nazis found out where they were hiding and they got tooken away to one of the camps for jews. that was the part that i thought that was sad and depressing and it told about how he servived the Holocaust and how he found out how his wife and both of his duaghters didnt make it.It even t [...]

    26. This book provided background on Anne's family history. Mr. Frank's business struggles and various attempts made by him to escape from the Nazi regime. The author doesn't offer proof positive who betrayed the family. Instead offers a plausible theory as to whom and why. This book details the progression of making Anne's diary a published book and play. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the very sad and tragic subject. I couldn't finish Anne's diary.

    27. I've read a lot about the life of the Franks but this book gave a different perspective and was well-researched concerning who might have betrayed those in the annex. It was a few complicated time and trying to unravel the mysteries was certainly difficult. It was fascinating to me how Otto Frank came to terms with his wartime imprisonment and was able to move on with his life. He wanted very badly to have Anne's legacy continued.

    28. I didn't realize before reading this that there was so much intrigue around Otto's own life and that it was still unknown, though widely specultated, who betrayed the Franks. What a read. I had to read it in increments, because it was too emotional for me to do too much at one time. Although well-written, even if it had not been, by virtue of the subject, it gets 4 stars. The author did extensive research and all her sources are footnoted and indexed in this edition.

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