My Name Is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank: The Memoirs of Anne Frank's Best Friend

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Arcadia Books Limited, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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Jacqueline van Maarsen's father was Dutch, her mother French; he was Jewish, she a Catholic. In 1938, after unremitting effort, he succeeded in registering his wife with the Jewish Council in Amsterdam. From that moment on, his two daughters were also considered to be Jewish. Jacqueline was forced to go to a special school for Jewish children - it was there that she met Anne Frank and they immediately became friends. Unlike Anne Frank, Jacqueline van Maarsen escaped deportation thanks to her strong willed mother who persuaded the German Registration Board to undo her listing as a Jew. She left the school a few months after Anne Frank went into hiding (or 'went to Switzerland', as Jacqueline believed.) It was only after the war when Otto Frank told her what happened that she found out the truth about Anne's fate. "Called "Jopie" in Anne's published diary, a childhood friend recalls her family's history as it intersected with the Franks' before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. One of the strongest moments here is her description of a visit to the Franks' house immediately after their "departure"--Van Maarsen saw Anne's unmade bed, her new shoes lying on the floor, the entire house uncharacteristically unkempt, the breakfast dishes not yet washed"-Kirkus Reviews.

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Called "Jopie" in Anne's published diary, a childhood friend recalls her family's history as it intersected with the Franks' before, during and after the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.Anne Frank ... Read full review

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Jacqueline van Maarsen was born in 1929 in Amsterdam, where she still lives today. Anne Frank's best friend survived the war when her Catholic-born mother, a convert to Judaism, convinced the Nazis that she and her family were falsely registered as Jews. Van Maarsen saved Anne's letters sent from her hiding place in the attic of an Amsterdam spice firm owned by her father.Since 1986 she has been lecturing on Anne Frank, and on discrimination, in schools all over the world.She is the author of Anne Frank's Heritage to be published by Arcadia Books in 2008

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