I have always loved to read a familiar story
from a different point of view. Mists of
Avalon and Wicked are two of my favorites.
Annexed is Peter Van Pels version of life with the Frank family hiding
in Amersterdam. I hadn’t read a WWII
account for several years because so much seemed the same and each ending was
sad or bittersweet. I am glad I read
this one even though I already knew the ending.
Ms. Dogar made Peter interesting
and accessible. She fleshed him out from
the semi-flat, paper doll version we get in Anne’s diary. His response to her writing about him felt
real and his conflicted feelings about hiding struck a nerve with me. He is believable and I liked him. I liked him so much that I wanted him to
survive, and had to stop and think about what I remembered of the history of
the annex occupants. originally published on April 24, 2011.