The Lost Diary of Anne Frank
Published October 30, 2020
Addison & Highsmith
The Diary of Anne Frank is a seminal piece of twentieth-century literature. It recounts the tragic and moving story of a young Jewish teenager faced with the horrors of Nazism. In it, Anne establishes a bond with her readers that transcends both time and space, making them her friends and confidants. Readers feel a connection with each dream she had, each fear she endured, and each struggle she confronted. Her diary ended, but her story did not. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank picks up where her original journal left off, taking the reader on a credible journey through the tragic final months of her life, faithfully adhering to her own, very personal, diary format in the process.
In The Lost Diary of Anne Frank, Anne receives mysterious help from many quarters. A strange lady on the other side of the fence haunts her dreams. Her mom once vilified, becomes a hero. Anne struggles with the existence of God and His presence or absence in all of her ordeals. She contrasts the depravity of man with what she sees as mankind’s evident virtues. Her longing to experience sensual pleasures is numbed by forced over-exposure. She finds that in the Nazi efforts to extinguish the humanity of their victims, a chorus of unity evolves among the captives. Anne’s vaulted dreams for fame and notice are ultimately traded in for the true longings of life, love, and peace. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank follows her story to the chilling end.
We are all familiar with Anne Frank and her diary. It’s been more than 30 years since I read it and it still haunts me. Her diary ended on August 1, 1944, just as Anne and her family were picked up by the Gestapo.
We know what happened in the concentration camps and that Anne lived about 6 months beyond the ending of her diary, but exactly what happened to her isn’t known. Johnny Teague has done an incredible job recounting how that diary could have continued based upon his research. He has done an excellent job in matching her tone and prose from her original diary as he created her entries to Kitty. And the entries are no less harrowing than the original book. Anne writes about how their time hidden away started to prepare them for this. So much more than those that were taken from their freedom.
She continues to struggle with her mother, but starts to appreciate what she previously despised. As she grows and changes, so does their relationship. Her entries are so real dealing with situations that most of us can’t fathom.
I can’t tell you enough, that this book feels like it was written by Anne. And I was so easily lost in the heartbreak that was the end of her life. I can’t recommend this enough for anyone that was captured by the original book.
Dr. Johnny Teague is an author and historian having earned five degrees, culminating with a doctorate in exposition. History and life stories have been his passion. Through travel, interviews, and extensive study, he continues to build on his foundation. Preparation for this book has included interviews with Holocaust survivors, studies at the Holocaust museums in Houston, Washington, D.C., and at the Yad Vashem in Israel. His study has carried him around the world multiple times to research at sites including Auschwitz, Dachau, the Corrie ten Boom House, and the Anne Frank House.