Book Review | The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal’s Search for the Truth
by Susan Goldman Rubin

Score: 4

At some point every year, I think to myself, “OY, do I have to read another Holocaust book?!” Then, I read one that reminds me why these books are important and need to continue to be written and added to the collections of our synagogue and our public school libraries. This is just such a book.

In 1958, the famous “Nazi-hunter” Simon Wiesenthal was called from his home in Linz, Austria to the nearby Landes Theater where a group of teenagers was disrupting a stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Asserting that Anne Frank was a hoax, the play was a lie and many other distortions, the teens had stopped the show. Wiesenthal got involved promising that he would find the Nazi officer who had arrested Anne Frank. The book goes on to recount not only the 5-year search for this man, but the story of Wiesenthal’s life and how he took on the mission that became his life’s work.

The illustrations are dark and haunting, the text powerful, heart wrenching and dramatic. Torn between Wiesenthal’s persistence in tracking down the perpetrators of these terrible crimes and letting the past rest, the reader is confronted with the truth of governments who hide criminals, criminals who show no remorse and Holocaust deniers who claim nothing happened.  As survivors of the Holocaust become fewer each day, we must adopt Wiesenthal’s motto, “Never Forget.”

I highly recommend this book to Jewish libraries.

Grade Range: 5th – 10 Grades

This book is for OLDER  Readers.

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