We All Wore Stars

We All Wore Stars : Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates

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In 1941, Theo Coster was a student at the Amsterdam Jewish Lyceum, one in a class of 28 Jewish children that the Nazis had segregated from the rest of the Dutch population. Among Theo's fellow students was a young Anne Frank, whose diary would later become one of the most important documents of the Holocaust. In this remarkable group portrait, Coster and five of his fellow classmates gather their personal stories and memories of Anne. The accounts collected here do not just help us to rediscover Anne Frank. They also stand on their own as remarkable stories of ingenuity and survival during the Holocaust - from Albert Gomes de Mesquita, who hid in ten different towns across Europe - to Hannah Goslar, whoexperienced the horrors of Bergen-Belsen but also made a miraculous reconnection with Anne days before her death.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 023011444X
  • 9780230114449
  • 549,426

Table of contents

The Birth of an Idea * Part I: Off to a new school - age twelve * Part II: Going underground - age fourteen * Prisoners for exchange * Nanette's clock * Arrested * Reunion at Merwedeplein * Going underground * Anne Frank's admirers * Inside and outside school * The German invasion * Escaped from German hands * The first electric potter in the Netherlands * Hiding in the forest * A copied letter * Visiting the Anne Frank House * Westerbork * Expunging memories * Part III: After the war - age seventeen * An unexpected reunion * A future in Israel * The queen's permission * In a glass coffin * In love in London * A grim message * Levels of suffering * The importance of blond hair * Epilogue * The film
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"We All Wore Stars is an intimate and poignant portrait of the day-to-day lives of Jewish children during wartime. The innocence and warmth of many of their childhood memories contrasts starkly with the horrors of the Holocaust. This powerful book asserts that life in wartime requires constant reflection, something which is all too apparent after reading it." - Gavin Porter, The Big Issue "Anne Frank has become a universal symbol of the brutalised and extinguished innocence of childhood in the Holocaust. Yet the sheer scale of her legend tends to obscure the quite ordinary quality of her life as she lived it before going into hiding. By highlighting the experiences of those who shared her school days and survived the war, Theo Coster helps us to see Anne alive in her community, one child among the millions touched so dramatically by evil. Their tales of survival offer a poignant and inspiring contrast to Anne's horrifying death." - Ben Barkow, Director, The Wiener Library, London
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About Theo Coster

Theo Coster was a classmate and friend of Anne Frank at the Amsterdam Jewish Lyceum. A toymaker and game designer, he is executive producer of the documentary film The Classmates of Anne Frank. Coster has lived in Tel Aviv since 1955.
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"...It's amazing how very different each of their stories is, and I have found this to be true of every Holocaust biography I have read. They were going through the same troubles, and had a common enemy, but no two stories are quite alike. I cherished every memory shared in this book, and was very sorry to come to the end as soon as I did. It's a very short read, but incredibly touching. It was fun and interesting to read what each of them had to say about how they remembered Anne when they were at the Lyceum together, as well as what they think of the things she wrote about them in her diary...Coster's book is a lovely tribute to an average young girl and her extraordinary story, but it's more than that. It's a humble but moving tribute to millions of average people and each of their stories - most of them tragic, all of them extraordinary, and many of them we can never know." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger: http://jaimeliredeslivres.blogspot.com/2012/01/we-all-wore-stars.htmlshow more
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