Anne Frank would have been 63 this year; Lindwer's invaluable effort picks up where the diary of the century leaves off.

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ANNE FRANK

THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS

An enlightening, harrowing set of first-person narratives by six women who knew Anne Frank before the war and during her final hellish months in German extermination camps.

Lindwer, himself the child of Dutch-Jewish parents who survived the war in hiding, created a documentary film in 1988 featuring abbreviated versions of these interviews with survivors who grew up with—and nearly perished with—the single most compelling metaphor of the Nazi Holocaust. Even from a literary viewpoint, it is intriguing to hear from Hannah Pick-Goslar, who appears several times in The Diary of Anne Frank. She gives us her own perspectives on the precocious Anne and her family, and even recalls Anne receiving the beautiful diary as a 13th-birthday gift and constantly writing in it, "shielding it with her hand'' and never showing anyone what would become the world's most-read diary. This same girlhood friend throws a package of food and clothes over the barbed-wire fence to Anne, from another section of Bergen-Belsen, but another inmate catches and steals it. We also discover that a skeletal Anne succumbs to typhus and despair when she erroneously thinks that her father, too, has perished. Other large ironies and small details fill out a picture of what happened to the diarist after the Nazis discovered the "Annex'' on No. 263 Prinsengracht

Anne Frank would have been 63 this year; Lindwer's invaluable effort picks up where the diary of the century leaves off.

Pub Date: May 1, 1991

ISBN: 0-679-40145-8

Page Count: -

Publisher: Pantheon

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1991

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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