by Rosemary Sullivan
A Nonfiction, 2022 by Harper, 400 Pages
What I Didn’t Like:
- Obviously, the subject matter is tough for some. Although it’s well handled if you’re not in the frame of mind for a story about the Holocaust and the people affected by it, this isn’t the book for you.
- Be forewarned this is a nonfiction book with a lot of dates, names, and places. It’s a lot to take in and a lot to remember. Not really a negative, more a warning.
- You aren’t going to get a definitive answer and certainly not right away. I knew to expect that, because it’s an old case. Be warned that this does show multiple suspects in order to accurately paint a picture. It’s not fiction, it isn’t clear cut or direct.
What I Did Like:
- Informative even for someone (like me) who is familiar with the time period and the story, it’s delivered in a way that is still interesting. Plus, there were things I didn’t know.
- Yes, the focus is on who betrayed Anne and the others in the Annex. But the book also goes into heavy detail on others who were given up and why. It’s a shocking reminder of how many people had to hide and how many were betrayed.
- Care and attention is paid to the people mentioned. If possible, they are called by their real names and true stories are given. It’s a constant reminder that these are real people and real stories, shocking as that may be.
Who Should Read This One:
- Historian or nonfiction fans who enjoy well researched WWII texts. This is incredibly well done and careful in its attention to detail.
- Special note for teachers: this one is packed with details and is heavy on the names, making it harder to wade through. HOWEVER, it’s rare we get a detailed nonfiction text with this modern of a release date and voice. Therefore, I’d recommend using PASSAGES from this one or sections of the AUDIOBOOK for your units.
My Rating: 4 Stars
- If you’re a nonfiction fan, this one is highly recommended.