Nonfiction for Children: If These Walls Could Talk – Culture

In the beginning there was wet marsh, there were cows, herons and seagulls, it was an idyll. Today the piece of land we are talking about is in the middle of Amsterdam. It has been built on for almost four hundred years and is known to countless visitors as a place of remembrance, because since 1960 the Anne Frank House has commemorated the fate of the daughter of a Jewish family, born in 1929, who lived in the secret annex together with family members from July 1942 to August 1944 Gestapo and SS could hide. Before the hiding place was found, Anne Frank and her relatives were deported, later separated and killed in the Auschwitz or Bergen-Belsen extermination camps. Anne Frank recorded these almost two years in her world-famous diary – the cramped everyday life as well as her knowledge of Nazi terror. Your notes have long been school reading material; the number of books on the subject is hardly manageable. Now the author Thomas Harding and the illustrator Britta Teckentrup add the extensive history of the building to the girl’s concentrated inside view with the picture non-fiction book “The Old House on the Canal”, from the construction of the canal to its successful use as a museum.

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