Have just read Anne Frank& loved it but what next?

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parker1313 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:52:54

I have just read Anne Frank.I absolutely loved it and am annoyed Iv left it so late to read.
I found it interesting and just dont know what to read next?
I am interested in the war/jews part.
Can anyone suggest what I may find interesting?

TotalChaos Sun 20-Sep-09 21:03:06

another sad one, but v. good - Diary of Petr Ginz

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or you might want to read some books by Primo Levi (some are about his time in Auschwitz - If this is a Man and The Truce).

or the book or the film of Schindler's list.

if you put Anne Frank into amazon you will also find related books that might interest you, giving background to her life, or telling the story of other members of her family.

Ponders Sun 20-Sep-09 21:07:57

Sophie's Choice? (It's a devastating read though)

I really loved Anne Frank, i read it when i was about 12 and my firend told me it had naughty bits in it blushI was plesantly suprised that the actual story was interesting to. grin

Elk Sun 20-Sep-09 21:11:12

The Endless Steppe.

Ponders Sun 20-Sep-09 21:11:26

And for the war in general, the whole big picture:

The Winds of War
War & Remembrance

an American viewpoint but a stunning read

chegirl Sun 20-Sep-09 21:24:53

Children's books but wonderful

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
The Long way round (I think thats right, its the sequel to above)
The Silver Sword
I am David (not strictly about the Holocaust but its implied IYSWIM).

Ponders Sun 20-Sep-09 22:07:18

Oh I love I Am David, chegirl smilesad

It was post WWII though, he was in a camp somewhere to the N of Thessalonika - Bulgaria or Yugoslavia I thought? So Communist/Cold War. But yes, still very much young child caught up in adult political mess.

chegirl Sun 20-Sep-09 22:32:20

Its fantastic isnt it? Did you hear it on R4/R7 a while ago? Mesmerising.

It was a communist concentration camp I believe. I didnt know this when I first read it and was a bit confused. I sort of gave up trying to work out the history/logistics/geography and let myself be carried along. I just didnt have the knowledge required to do otherwise I am ashamed to say blush

Its one of those that you read in one go.

Ponders Sun 20-Sep-09 22:44:01

And weep & weep, at his ignorance & innocence & sweetness throughout, but most of all at the ending...

I didn't hear it on the radio. I'll look out for it!

chegirl Mon 21-Sep-09 19:31:49

Oh the ending! How did the author manage to make it so believable?

It could so easily been mawkish and far fetched.

Still - better not give it away wink

MovingOutOfBlighty Mon 21-Sep-09 19:33:15

OK , so slightly different but still on war and made me think about it for days is Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. Broke my heart that book.

choosyfloosy Mon 21-Sep-09 19:37:53

Would second When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. My mother just read it and was keen to tell me how good it was - I've only been telling her that for 25 years hmm

When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant may be of interest too. A damn good book.

choosyfloosy Mon 21-Sep-09 19:42:54

and The War and After by Ann Karpf.

and from an earlier period, have you read Testament of Youth? I'm not sure if it's one of those things that everyone has read so it's embarrassing to even recommend it, but I have the feeling it's not as popular as it used to be. I love it though.

janeite Mon 21-Sep-09 19:44:44

The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank is interesting.

The Book Thief?

differentID Mon 21-Sep-09 19:55:43

One of the best I've read is called The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn
Would also say When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit for a child's eye view.

ChilloHippi Mon 21-Sep-09 19:57:11

Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabel

oricella Mon 21-Sep-09 21:56:05

Some old books with relatively new editions: "A square of sky" by Janina David - read it as a child & still find it touching; "Fly away home" by Christine Nostlinger - a child's perspective from the 'other' side

oricella Mon 21-Sep-09 21:59:32

And Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi - not strictly a war time book, but it features high and is absolutely mesmerizing

evilgiraffe Wed 09-Dec-09 19:16:03

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas is a good read (again, a children's book so I read it easily in a couple of hours). It's also been made into a film very well - it keeps the feeling of the book.

PoppyIsApain Wed 09-Dec-09 19:20:27

There is a book called Edith, it is quite similar, i recommend it.

Guad Wed 09-Dec-09 19:24:04

Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman is an amazing memoir. I read it as a teenager not long after reading Anne Frank.


WinkyWinkola Wed 09-Dec-09 19:27:34

"A square of sky" by Janina David. I loved it when I read it the first time (I was 12). I still re read it once every couple of yrs, I know it by heart.

christie2 Wed 16-Dec-09 11:12:09

Have you tried Hannah's suitcase. A true story of a suitcase from a concentration camp ended up in Japan. A teacher found a letter in it and tracked down the brother of Hannah who had died in the camp and returned the letters.

OonaghBhuna Sat 26-Dec-09 23:09:42

A time to speak by Helen Lewis- amazing book and an amazing lady.

LAlady Wed 06-Jan-10 22:22:11

I have just read The Book Thief, on the recommendation of a friend. It's a brilliant book - not often I find one that I can't put down.


HuwEdwards Wed 06-Jan-10 22:23:16

White Swans (can't remember the author)

wubblybubbly Fri 08-Jan-10 17:22:28

Would second Alicia by Alicia Appleman-Jurman, just finished reading it, a truly shocking memoir of destruction and survival.

Also, The Bookthief, just a wonderful tale, beautifully told and strangely uplifting too. Probably one of the loveliest books I've read in recent years.

Loved When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, read it as a child and found it very powerful, I'm not sure how it would read to an adult though.

Clydesdale Wed 03-Mar-10 16:43:37

Eva's Story by Eva Schloss. Ann franks Stepsister who survives. Descriptions of her survival in the camp

treefrog44 Fri 02-Jul-10 08:48:22

Zlata's Diary - about a different war though, the Bosnian war. She is described as the Anne Frank of Sarajevo

DELHI Tue 12-Apr-11 15:11:43

I read a book a couple of years ago that imagined the life of Peter Van Damm if he hadn't died - he ended up in New York and tried to keep his true identity secret once Anne's diary was published, but the truth came out. It was really good - anyone know what it's called?

Galaxymum Tue 12-Apr-11 18:58:58

The Pianist by Wladislaw Spielman (excuse sp please!) - Adrian Brody won the Oscar for Best Actor in the movie. It's an amazing story of survival and, as all the momoirs show, how courageous people are in the most traumatic circumstances.

There are some fantastic books mentioned on this thread.

For the story of British and Australian women the Japanese POW camps, Women Beyond the Wire is a very good read too.

autumnmum Wed 13-Apr-11 13:59:59

Try Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada. It was written by a German in 1946. It's very bleak but worth reading.

hellokitty278 Wed 13-Apr-11 23:34:49

If you want to read the diary of a young girl inspired by Anne Frank then I recommend this diary by Zlata Filipovic, who wrote her diary during the war in Bosnia.


grandmaforlife Wed 18-May-11 21:05:15

Mein Kampf. The message is abhorrent but a fascinating read! lol

unclefester77 Thu 19-May-11 11:56:36

Have you read Anne's own stories - tales from the house behind? May be out of print but is on Amazon for sure ...

TabithaTwitchet Thu 19-May-11 12:06:52

A woman in Berlin - also a diary.

madhousewife Fri 20-May-11 20:31:28

elie wiesel wrote 'Night' - about his time as a boy in the concentration camp. beautiful, horrific, amazing writer.
please read this book.

TigerseyeMum Mon 23-May-11 23:21:06

I am also reading Alone in Berlin and it is fascinating.
Schindler's Ark is also an amazing read.

I would also recommend Viktor Frankel's Man's Search for Meaning which is a story about how he developed his form of psychotherapy in the concentration camps but it is an incredible read. Truly inspiring.

afussyphase Mon 15-Aug-11 22:08:30

I read a book called Dry Tears, on the same theme, when I was 12 shortly after I read Diary of Anne Frank. It was amazing as I recall.

And then there's this one, not about the Holocaust, it's about the Japanese camps in WW2: have you read The Way of a Boy by Ernest Hillen? I thought it was beautifully written. And I know people who were in the camp he was in, which made it so real and so poignant for me...

zoflora Fri 26-Aug-11 18:11:00

"The past is myself" by Christabel Bielenberg (not sure of spelling)
She was Anglo irish married to a German man and lived in Berlin through the rise of Hilter - her husband fell foul of the regime..

madhousewife Thu 01-Sep-11 21:05:18

please please please read night by elie wiesel.
such an incredible author.
very depressing subject matter just to warn you.

MerylStrop Thu 01-Sep-11 21:09:49

Primo Levi is the most incredible writer. I would second If this is a Man, and also If Not Now when, and The Periodic Table.
Schindler's Ark is also excellent.
I'd like to unreccommend The Book Thief. It is dire.

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