Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family

by Barry Denenberg

Hardcover, 2005



Local notes

940.53 Den



Scholastic Press (2005), Edition: Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed, 240 pages. $16.95.


Denenberg presents the complete story of Anne Frank and her family's life, from Frankfurt, Germany, where Anne and Margot were born before the war, up through to their murders at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. When the Franks leave Frankfurt for Amsterdam, they are hoping to find a place where they can resume a normal life, but instead, the family's freedoms are taken away bit by bit. But it is when they see that other Jews are being taken away, and sent to so-called labor camps that the Franks realize they have no choice but to go into hiding; they live in fear for 2 years.


Original language


Physical description

240 p.; 5.75 inches


0439416787 / 9780439416788



User reviews

LibraryThing member JulieBaugh
This book contains both Anne's diary proper, plus additional material she wrote, hoping it would be published as part of a collection of experiences of people who had gone into hiding. It also explains her background and what happened to her and her family after they were discovered and arrested, via eyewitnesses who encountered them.

After watching the 2009 TV dramatisation of Anne's life in hiding,I decided to read the book. It was poignant to read of her experiences and hopes, whilst knowing her fate. It is an involving and interesting account, and something that is undoubtedly valuable to historians. What happened to her is unimaginable nowadays in Europe,and yet occured within living memory. Anne's diary stands as an important testament to why such persecution was so terrible. This book, by including the accounts of her life afterwards, makes it all the more so. Incidentally, I felt that the TV series seemed to be a good interpretation of Anne's experiences.
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LibraryThing member edspicer
This book is very specific and gives you good information of what the Holocaust was like and how a Jewish family could try to survive during it. 5Q4P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this to high school students and adults. I chose to read this book because I am very interested in Anne Frank and her family's life. TylerS… (more)




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