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 Category:  Biographical Non-Fiction
  Posted: June 30, 2019      Views: 41

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Contains Previously Unpublished Writings of Anne Frank
"Letters to Her Grandmother" by Brett Matthew West



DATELINE: APRIL 1940. A postcard is sent to a pen pal in Iowa from a ten-year-old girl in Amsterdam. On the postcard, the child writes, "This picture shows one of the many old canals of Amsterdam. There are also big canals and all over those canals are bridges. There are about 340 bridges within the city." In just a few short months, Adolph Hitler would order Jews in Germany to wear yellow stars.

This postcard is standard fare in the pen pal world. So, why is it noteworthy? Because the writer has a future she could never have imagined. This postcard is one of many contained in a new book called Letters To Her Grandmother.

Published in 2019, this 733-page doorstopper is a collection of everything this young author penned before the Nazis discovered her family hiding in the Achterhuis office annex in Amsterdam. They were subsequently relocated to concentration camps, where only her father, Otto, survived.

Hundreds of previously unpublished fables, letters, and short stories are contained in this manuscript. These reveal an extraordinarily talented young writer and how she observed the world as the walls closed in on her faith, her country, her family, and finally on her.

Jamie Birkett, the editor of Bloomsbury, established this book. She stated, "She writes beyond her years, really. And, she's not naive. She's aware of the Nazi occupation creeping through. It's a kind of creeping oppression of the Jews in Amsterdam."

These striking letters to her grandmother demonstrate an effervescent youngster struggled to hold on to her childhood. In one letter from 1940, she wrote, "Margot received a very good report card. Margot is blacking out the windows, these are the concerns, {right now}, and I'm terribly angry because it isn't necessary yet, and it's no nice outside."

Hitler continued tightening his grip on Europe. A few months passed, and in another letter to her grandmother and cousins the young girl wrote, "I'm not taking figure-skating lessons, where you learn to waltz, jump and everything else that goes with figure-skating." How could she know the arc of her skating life would match the arc of World War Two?

In June of 1941, Adolph Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. At the same time the girl wrote, "The weather is glorious and we're out on an excursion, and because there are such nice postcards we thought of you. I wish I could start ice skating again, but I'll just have to have a little patience, until the war is over. All the best."

Weeks after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, the girl and her family were captured. There are no known letters or postcards after that one.

If you haven't guessed, these incidents refer to:

Anne Frank

Died February or March of 1945. (Unknown. The exact date of her death was never recorded.)

Location of extermination: Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Lower Saxony

Her famous diary: The Diary of a Young Girl which was written between June 12, 1942 and August 4, 1944

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Europe Endless, by Mr Jones, selected to complement my article.

Mr Jones is not a nit. He did not place a . after "Mr" so neither did I.
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