Alison Leslie Gold

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Alison Leslie Gold is an internationally respected American author whose work has been translated into more than 20 languages. She has written literary fiction as well as books for young people on a wide range of subjects including alcoholic intervention and the Holocaust as experienced by the young.[1][2]

Alison Leslie Gold, New York City, 2016


Gold was born on July 13, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in New York City.[3] She was educated at the University of North Carolina, Mexico City College and the New School for Social Research in New York City. She currently shares her time between New York City and a small island in Greece.[4][5][6]

Gold has three siblings: poet Ted Greenwald,[7] bed-and-breakfast owner Nancy Greenwald[8] and film director Maggie Greenwald. Her brother-in-law David Mansfield is a musician and composer. Her son Thor Gold[9] is a film-maker.

Adult non-fiction books[edit]

  • Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped Hide the Frank Family (co-written with Miep Gies), 1987 (Special edition with new material, including new photographs, issued in 2009.)
  • Fiet's Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945, 2003
  • Love in the Second Act, True Stories of Romance, Midlife and Beyond, 2006
  • The Potato Eater, 2015
  • Found and Lost, Notting Hill Editions, UK, October 2017

Adult fiction books[edit]

  • Clairvoyant, the Imagined Life of Lucia Joyce, 1992
  • The Devil's Mistress, the Story of the Woman Who Lived and Died with Hitler, 1997
  • The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead, 2014
  • Not Not a Jew, 2016 (novella)

Books for young people[edit]

  • Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, 1997
  • A Special Fate, Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust, 2000
  • Elephant in the Living Room (co-written with Darin Elliott), 2014

Other publications[edit]

  • Kieu Chinh: Hanoi, Saigon, Hollywood, 1991 (with Nha Ca and Le Van)
  • “Evil Will Always Lose”, in O, The Oprah Magazine, 2002
  • Lost and Found, #12 in the Cahier Series, Paris/UK, 2012[10]
  • Gold's thrice weekly blog features occasional new short pieces of fiction and non-fiction[11]


  • The Attic, television film adaptation of Anne Frank Remembered, 1988[12]
  • The Devil’s Mistress, one-woman stage show, 2007
  • Mi Ricordo Anne Frank (“My Friend Anne Frank”), Italian television film adaptation of Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, 2009


  • Anne Frank Remembered, translated into 23 languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, translated into 22 languages
  • The Devil’s Mistress, the Story of the Woman Who Lived and Died with Hitler, translated into Greek, Hungarian and Romanian
  • Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945, translated into Slovenian

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Merit of Educational Distinction, Anti-Defamation League, 1987 (Anne Frank Remembered)
  • Best of Best, American Library Association, 1987 (Anne Frank Remembered)
  • Christopher Award, 1988 (Anne Frank Remembered)
  • National Book Award, 1997 (The Devil’s Mistress)
  • Pen West Award, 1997 (The Devil’s Mistress)
  • Notable Children’s Book, American Library Association, 1998 (Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend)
  • Notable Book for a Global Society, 2001 (A Special Fate)
  • Golden Earphone Award, for best Audio Book, 2009 (Anne Frank Remembered)

Recognition as a Holocaust chronicler[edit]

Alison Leslie Gold’s relationship with and sensitivity to the Holocaust has received special recognition. She is best known for her award-winning, widely celebrated book Anne Frank Remembered, co-written with Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank and rescued Anne’s diary. Miep Gies had been unwilling to tell her story to a larger audience until she was convinced to do so by Gold. Equally, the story of Anne Frank and her childhood friend Hannah (Hanneli) Goslar, who survived the war, had never been completely revealed before Gold urged Hannah to allow her to write Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend.

Among those who have singled out Gold as a protector and chronicler of Holocaust experiences which were never before completely revealed have been Elie Wiesel, who said of her: “Let us give recognition to Alison Gold. Without her and her talent of persuasion, without her writer’s talent, too, this poignant account, vibrating with humanity, would not have been written.”[13] Isaac Bashevis Singer reflected: “Beautifully written by a person who really cares for other human beings. Her simple style hypnotizes the reader. I recommend this book to all people who care about what is happening in the world...” Simon Wiesenthal said, “…I’m aware of Alison Leslie Gold’s outstanding writing ability….” Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote, “…a beautiful book, a moving tribute to the extraordinary courage of which ordinary people are capable.” Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., wrote: “We are deeply indebted to Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold for bringing us a glimpse of the day-to-day heroism of those who refused to allow the long shadows of the Holocaust to touch their minds and hearts.” Faiga Levine wrote: “This is a significant piece of history, as well as a valuable document of humanity and remarkable courage – especially important now when revisionists again are attempting to deny the Holocaust ever happened.”


  1. ^ "Writers, Translators, and Artists of the Center for Writers and Translators | The American University of Paris". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Mentors: Alison Leslie Gold - Los Angeles Review of Books". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Biography - Alison Leslie Gold". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  4. ^ "hydraecologists: Literary lions and lines of Hydra". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold | mediterranean poetry". Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold, Kluitman". 
  7. ^ "Remembering Ted Greenwald, The Poetry Foundation". 
  8. ^ "The Arbor Bed and Breakfast". 
  9. ^ "IMDB Thor Gold". 
  10. ^ "Cahier Series #12". Center for Writers and Translators. The American University of Paris. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Alison Leslie Gold". Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  12. ^ Erman, John (1988-04-17), The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, retrieved 2016-08-31 
  13. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "From the archives: Elie Wiesel on Anne Frank". Retrieved 2016-09-05. 

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