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Haunting book reveals what became of Anne Frank after her family was dragged away by the Nazis

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Anne Frank, After The Annex: Haunting book reveals what became of the 15-year-old diarist after her family was dragged away by the Nazis

  • Little is known about what happened after Anne Frank was captured by the Gestapo
  • But new books bring together the chilling final months of the diarist and her family
  • click here to read an exclusive excerpt from the brilliant new work over on The Mail+

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HER remarkable, compelling and haunting diary is one of the most important books of the 20th century. But little is known about what happened to Anne Frank after she was dragged out of hiding by the Gestapo in 1944.

A brilliant new book, After The Annex: Anne Frank, Auschwitz and Beyond – an exclusive extract of which is available today on The Mail+ – pieces together the chilling last months of the Jewish teenager and her family.

Based on testimonials scattered across various archives and obscure publications, writer Bas von Benda-Beckmann has produced the most comprehensive and detailed account of the 15-year-old’s final days ever published.

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl Is One Of The Most Important Works Of The 20Th Century

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is one of the most important works of the 20th century

Anne Hid With Her Family - Including Father Otto, On The Right - In An Extension Behind This Bookcase

Anne Hid With Her Family - Including Father Otto, On The Right - In An Extension Behind This Bookcase

Anne hid with her family – including father Otto, on the right – in an extension behind this bookcase

He reveals harrowing tales of a friend’s attempts to throw food packages over a barbed wire fence at a starving and freezing Anne, the punishing job she was given to crack open old batteries with a chisel and hammer – and her father’s attempts to instead a job cleaning toilets.

In the midst of the horror, a friend mentions that Anne would spend a lot of time with Peter van Pels, a teenager whose family had been hiding with the Franks in their Amsterdam annex. “They were always together and I often said to my husband, ‘Look at those two beautiful young people,'” she said. “She was very pale at first, but her kind and expressive face was so attractive. Maybe I shouldn’t say that Anne’s eyes were shining. But they did shine, you know. She was happy…’

Anne, who would be 93 if she were alive today, and her family hid from Nazi persecution in the annex behind a bookcase in their home in Amsterdam for two years before being caught.

After The Annex: Anne Frank, Auschwitz and Beyond is a fascinating and chilling insight into the period between the Gestapo raid on the Franks’ refuge and Anne’s death in 1945. Click here to read an exclusive excerpt now, only at The Mail+.

After the Annex: Anne Frank, Auschwitz and Beyond by Bas von Benda-Beckmann will be published by Unicorn on 27 January for £25. © Bas von Benda-Beckmann 2023. To order a copy for £22.50 (offer valid until 28/01/22; UK shipping free on orders over £20), visit www.mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3176 2937 .

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