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We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates (edition 2011)

by Theo Coster

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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, who experienced the horrors of Bergen-Belsen but also made a miraculous reconnection with Anne days before her death"--… (more)
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Title:We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates
Authors:Theo Coster
Info:Palgrave Macmillan (2011), Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Early Reviewers, non-fiction, Holocaust, World War II, memoir

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I've always loved the Diary of Anne Frank so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I was expecting a book full of stories of Anne. What I got was a book of the stories of the classmates of Anne and what happened to them during the war. You can barely make a connection between these people and Anne Frank. It almost seems like a gimick to sell books because theres barely any stories of Anne in it. But if you get passed that it was an ok book, but I've read better memory books about the Holocaust. ( )
  MerryMeerkat | Sep 26, 2013 |
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I received this book through Early Reviewers. Having always been interested in WWII especially in Europe and the Anne Frank story, I was thrilled to receive this book. I found it a little plodding; however, it was a good companion piece to Anne's own story. It is exactly what it says it is in the title: "Memories of Anne Frank from her classmates". It is also the story of her classmates and how they survived the war by being hidden themselves. ( )
  kp9949 | Jul 26, 2013 |
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It is fashionable for a reviewer to establisher his bona fides by mentioning extensive experience with the topic at hand. When it comes to the Holocaust, such a maneuver seems particularly crass. A thousand memoirs read are as nothing compared to a tattoo on the arm. But the memoirists themselves do us a great service. The most valuable of these accounts allow us to bear witness to the capacity for the greatest evil, and in its wake, the greatest resilience and will to survive. And they offer up the weight of an almost unimaginable emotional landscape: one painted in fear, hunger, death and obscenity.

I wish I could report that "We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from her Classmates" by Theo Coster is such an account. Mr. Coster has produced a book based on meetings and interviews with his – and her --- former classmates. This emerged out of his documentary film “The Classmates of Anne Frank” based on the same project.

In fact, the title of this book is misleading. The memories of Anne Frank are present but spare, and the book deals more with Mr. Coster’s interviews focusing on experiences in Holland during the War, and his own story of surviving the war in the care of a Christian family. That the Anne Frank name is prominent in the title is testament more to her continuing marketability, and one wonders whether the appearance of exploitation crossed Mr. Coster’s mind.

Perhaps Miss Frank would have no objection. But precocious and talented writer that she was, she could not have forgiven the rest. It is hard to conceive that an account of Jews surviving Nazi occupation amid the murders of their fellows could be sterile. But that is what Mr. Coster has accomplished. The emotional tone throughout is shockingly cheerful and chatty; it is as if the team survived a particularly bad game, and then went out for dinner.

It is not clear whether the author is able to appreciate the full brunt of his subject, but is not writer enough to articulate it. Or whether – could it be due to wartime trauma? – his limited emotional insight does not allow him to address this difficult topic. One wished throughout that Anne Frank were only here to leap to the author’s aid. ( )
1 vote stellarexplorer | Jun 11, 2013 |
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As the title suggests, Anne Frank's classmates detail stories of how they remember her from when they attended school or grew up together. This work is more than just fond memories of Anne. Each classmate details their own situations and they reflect on their own lives before, during, and after the war. These stories mesmerized me more than their memories of Anne. This short novel is great for those studying Anne Frank or those who love to read about the history of WWII. ( )
  lms8esmith | May 30, 2013 |
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An excellent book for those familiar with WWIi history, and an especially good companion book to Anne Frank's book. I don't think this would stand alone if the reader was not familiar with Frank's book and legacy, but since Frank's book is one of the most widely read books in the world, finding someone unfamiliar with it would be unlikely.

We All Wore Stars is an intimate book chronicling the history of several of Anne's classmates. It's fascinating (and so so sad) to hear what they all went through during the war years. What trauma they faced, and how when the war was over many of them were left to face the trauma alone.

If you're interested in this time period, and how war affects children, you'll really enjoy this book. ( )
  InsightsGal | May 11, 2013 |
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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, who experienced the horrors of Bergen-Belsen but also made a miraculous reconnection with Anne days before her death"--

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