Strength from Tragedy: Anne Frank's Father Shares His Wisdom with an American Teen (Paperback)
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The Diary of Anne Frank, one of our enduring inspirational books, published by the only family survivor, motivated people all over the world to carry on Anne's message of love and hope in their own lives. Otto Frank never wanted Anne remembered as a victim but as a living spirit through her words. A generation later, a young American girl began conversations with Otto through letters reflecting her own chaotic teenage years and the violence in America in the 1960s and 70s. His responses helped her as she matured into a loving, trusting woman. Cara Wilson-Granat (Weiss-Wilson at the time of their correspondence) wrote this book from her extraordinary friendship with Otto and the inspiration she drew from it. He validated her need to be heard and respected; he became her mentor, her wise "grandfather" as he was for many, many others worldwide. He taught the importance of tolerance and true spirituality, focusing on the power of love, not revenge. He said "If the end of the world would be imminent, I still would plant a tree today." He truly lived his message. Cara's nearly twenty-year correspondence with Otto culminated in a memorable meeting shortly before his death, the impact of which continues to influence her life even today. Her remarkable book helps others lead fulfilling lives and renews our faith in the possibility of hope, peace, and making positive choices every moment.