The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth
The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth

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Annotation: Because there were people who believed "The Diary of Anne Frank" was a hoax, renowned Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal set out to find incontrovertible proof that it was authentic.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #35392
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Farnsworth, Bill,
Pages: 40 pages
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-2109-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-24123-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-2109-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-24123-7
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2007028396
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Holocaust survivor Wiesenthal dedicated his life to bringing Nazis to justice. Using extensive research, Rubin recounts Wiesenthal's story as well as his mission to prove to Holocaust deniers that Anne Frank existed. Farnsworth's darkly haunting illustrations (one shows a soldier holding a gun to a man's head, another depicts Frank, frightened, raising her hands in surrender) bring the text chillingly to life. Bib., glos., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
The postWorld War II publication of Anne Frank's diary made her the icon for all the murdered Jewish children during the Holocaust. In 1958, an Austrian performance of the play based on the diary was disrupted by teenage neo-Nazis who had been taught that the Holocaust was a fraud. Simon Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who gathered information about the whereabouts of Nazis in order to bring them to justice. Called to the theater, he vowed to find the Gestapo officer who had arrested the Frank family, thus proving that the diary was not a fake. This lengthy picture book carefully details the horrors of Wiesenthal's life, from ghetto to concentration camps to liberation, and emphasizes the phenomenal memory that made possible his determination to "tell what it was really like." It is a painstaking, long, frustrating piece of detection, hampered by postwar political realities and aided by phone books. Rubin, who has authored other titles on the Holocaust, has crafted another notable contribution. Farnsworth's full-page paintings in dark hues are stark and haunting. (author's note, resources, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 10 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 68 In 1958, Holocaust deniers disrupted a theater performance of The Diary of Anne Frank . In response, the well-known Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal vowed to prove Anne's story true by finding the Gestapo officer who'd arrested her and her family. Much detective work led to the 1963 discovery of the man in question. This "hook" is the framing story for a picture-book biography chronicling Wiesenthal's experiences during World War II and illustrating the development of his unusual career. The book is meticulously researched and packed with dates, facts, and quotes from the subject and others. Back matter includes an overview of Wiesenthal's life. The amount of detail, while admirably scholarly, makes the text rather dense and dry, and casual readers will find it slowgoing. Farnsworth's dark, realistic paintings are quietly dignified. The scenes have a cinematic drama in their use of lighting and in the contrasts between long shots and close-ups. This book is highly recommended for Holocaust collections, but it will be best appreciated by sophisticated readers or those with an already strong interest in the subject. Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Despite the title and the glowing front- and back-cover portraits of Anne Frank, she is just the hook to draw readers into this picture-book biography of a famous Holocaust survivor. Even those who have heard of Wiesenthal will be thrilled by this account of his miraculous escape story and then his lifetime goal to bring Nazi war criminals to justice and to create a historical record of Nazi crimes. In the opening spread, a crowd of Austrian neo-Nazi kids in 1958, supported by their parents and teachers, deny that the Holocaust existed and break up a theater performance of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl. The episode sets Wiesenthal on the hunt to prove the truth and find the Gestapo officer who arrested Anne. Then Rubin tells Wiesenthal's personal Holocaust experiences of hiding under floorboards; being saved three times, at the very last minute, from firing squads; and surviving the camps. Farnsworth's stirring full-page oil paintings are filled with emotion, from the close-up portraits of those who do not survive to the depiction of Wiesenthal's reunion with his wife. Extensive back matter includes detailed source notes, a long biography of Wiesenthal, a bibliography, and a glossary.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 38) and index.
Word Count: 5,007
Reading Level: 6.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 127434 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.3 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q45728
Lexile: 910L

Determined to find definitive proof that Anne Frank's diary was authentic, Simon Wiesenthal began a five-year-long search for the Gestapo officer who arrested the Frank family. This inspiring and suspenseful account testifies to the difference that one person's dedication can make.

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