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Searching for Anne Frank : letters from Amsterdam to Iowa

Author: Susan Goldman Rubin; Museum of Tolerance (Simon Wiesenthal Center)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Elementary and junior high school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides a glimpse of life during World War II in both the Netherlands and the United States through the correspondence of Anne Frank and her Iowa pen pals. In the fall of 1939, ten-year-old Juanita Wagner of Danville, Iowa, picked a name from a list of pen pals provided by her teacher. She chose a girl her own age who lived in Amsterdam. The girl's name was Anne Frank. Through firsthand reports and interviews with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Juvenile works
Records and correspondence
Correspondence Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Juvenile literature
Named Person: Anne Frank; Anne Frank; Juanita Wagner; Betty Heibner; Anne Frank; Juanita Wagner; Betty Heibner; Anne Frank; Betty Heibner; Juanita Wagner
Material Type: Biography, Elementary and junior high school, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Goldman Rubin; Museum of Tolerance (Simon Wiesenthal Center)
ISBN: 0810945142 9780810945142
OCLC Number: 52134603
Description: 144 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Iowa, 1939-1940 --
Amsterdam, 1940 --
Iowa, 1940 --
Amsterdam, 1940-1941 --
Iowa, 1941 --
Amsterdam, September 1941-July 1942 --
Iowa, 1942-1943 --
Amsterdam, 1942 --
Amsterdam, 1942-1944 --
Iowa, 1943-1944 --
Holland and Poland, 1944-1945 --
Germany, 1944-1945 --
Iowa and Illinois, 1945 --
Amsterdam, 1945 --
Amsterdam, 1945-1956 --
California and Iowa, 1956-1957 --
Amsterdam, 1956-1986 --
California, 1959-Present --
Epilogue --
Postscript --
Acknowledgments --
References and resources --
Illustration credits.
Responsibility: by Susan Goldman Rubin in association with the Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives.
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Provides a glimpse of life during World War II in both the Netherlands and the United States through the correspondence of Anne Frank and her Iowa pen pals. In the fall of 1939, ten-year-old Juanita Wagner of Danville, Iowa, picked a name from a list of pen pals provided by her teacher. She chose a girl her own age who lived in Amsterdam. The girl's name was Anne Frank. Through firsthand reports and interviews with Juanita's sister, Betty, friends of both Juanita and Anne Frank, as well as never-before-published photographs, Susan Goldman Rubin weaves the story of two girls -- one in America and one in the Netherlands -- against the backdrop of pending World War II, its brutal reality, and its aftermath. In alternating chapters, Goldman Rubin describes the lives of Juanita and Anne before the war begins, then continues to tell their stories, as well as those of their sisters, Betty and Margot, as the war progresses. Juanita, Betty, and their mother witness the war from afar, aware of its presence only through radio, film clips, rationing, and watching schoolmates and friends leave for armed service. In tragic contrast, Anne, Margot, and their parents go into hiding, are discovered, and are sent to concentration camps. Only Anne's father survives. Although the girls only had the opportunity to correspond briefly, their letters and contrasting experiences offer a poignant and timely look at lives during wartime. The existing correspondence between Anne and Margot Frank and their pen pals in Iowa is on permanent display at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California.

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