Despite its title, this book is not so much about Anne Frank, but rather the six remarkable women who survived the Auschwitz and came into contact wit Anne one way or another. They somehow managed to form small groups to help each in most testing conditions, and did not succumb to the destroying tactics employed by the SS.
Here's an extract from the story of Bloeme Evers-Emden:
"I became very depressed knowing that such things existed. I didn't want to accept it. I had been brought up with respect of all people, insofar as they earned it on the basis of personal achievement or conduct, but not on the basis of race or heritage. I saw that the philosophy behind this system was carried out under the banner of a kind of inequality - an inferiority opposed to a superiority - and that the inferiors had to be crushed, whatever it took. To know this, and to be penetrated by this reality, was shattering. [...]
The goal of the Germans was the disorganization, the disintegration of your personality. The didn't work with us, above all because of the mutual support that the members of our group of women gave each other, and because of what we had brought with us in terms of inner strength."
Anne Frank has since became an icon of Jews in the WWII - but these Dutch women, and what they had gone through, are as much inspiring....Continua