Have you ever cleaned out a closet, a drawer, a bedroom, and been surprised to find something from your past that you had long since forgotten? Imagine sorting through your attic and finding a treasure trove of history surrounding one of the world’s most famous diarists…Anne Frank.
This exact scenario happened to Gerti Elias–the wife of Anne Frank’s cousin–Buddy Elias–in 2001. In Treasures from the Attic, Gerti Elias has teamed up with award-winning author (and German translator of Anne Frank’s diary) Mirjam Pressler to bring us intimate details of the Frank family. If you’ve ever wondered “Who was Anne Frank, really? Where did she come from? What made her the way she was?”–this book will tell you. It is an utterly engaging, utterly endearing, and utterly convincing account of a family that believed themselves to be ordinary, but rightful members of Germany’s bourgeoisie. That they were wrong is party of history. That they, as a family, produced Anne Frank is also part of history, and one that is celebrated in Treasures from the Attic.
Full of family pictures and handwritten notes, Treasures from the Attic truly allows readers to fully understand who Anne Frank was and what shaped her.