The Madeleine Brand Show for May 23, 2012

New book chronicles the journey of Anne Frank's family

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"Anne Frank's Family: The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From."

"The Diary of Anne Frank" was published in 1947, and since then it has been translated into more than 60 languages and sold more than 31 million copies. Six decades later, it's hard to imagine that there's still more to learn about Anne and her family's ordeal during the holocaust. But the new book, "Anne Frank's Family: The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From," does just that.

Madeleine Brand talks to Buddy Elias and his wife, Gerti. Buddy is Anne Frank's cousin and, at age 86, her closest living relative. They collaborated with the writer Mirjam Pressler on the new book.

The book chronicles the letters between the Elias family and the Frank family from the time the Frank family fled Germany for the Netherlands, to 1945, when the war ends and Anne Frank's father Otto is released from the concentration camps.

Read an excerpt from "Anne Frank's Family: The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From"

Guest:

Buddy Elias, cousin of Anne Frank who shared his family's letters for the book "Anne Frank's Family: The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From." Elias will be speaking tonight at the Goethe Institute.


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