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.
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.