Hodder & Stoughton has acquired the memoirs of Eva Schloss, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, who became her posthumous step-sister when her mother married Otto Frank after they both lost their spouses in the Holocaust.
Editorial director Fenella Bates bought world rights from Gaia Banks at Sheil Land, with the book to be published on 25th April 2013.
Schloss arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 15. She and her mother survived, but her father and brother did not. Schloss has been working with journalist Karen Bartlett to tell her story, which also explores how she struggled to transform her life after the Holocaust.
She is a co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust, and continues to work for it, traveling the world with a play about her life, "And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank". She was awarded an MBE in this year's New Year Honours for her work in schools raising awareness of prejudice and discrimination.
Bates said: "It is a privilege to be Eva's publisher. I spent an unforgettable afternoon with Eva listening to her spellbinding story. After a few minutes I knew Eva was exceptional in every way imaginable. She is a remarkable woman with an incredible and important story to tell."