Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family
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This matter of the Holocaust has found many expressions, and Anne Frank isn't as solitary as once she might have seemed. Victims, moreover, are only a part of our obsessional response to death camp news. We have gone on to consider the survivors, the killers, the bystanders and liberators and, not least, the individual men and women who defended Jews by hiding them or helping them escape. We have come to see that different nations behaved differently under Nazi occupation; and we have pondered why some did, as others did not, save innocent people when action was possible.
Today the diary has its honored place, and so does the spirit of Anne Frank, her strangely palpable echo.
I think not only of the stage play and the film, but of Ernst Schnabel's account of the Franks' last days, of Philip Roth's bold theft in ''The Ghost Writer,'' perhaps even of Etty Hillesum's diary and letters describing Amsterdam and the transit camp at Westerbork. Anne's fate, it would appear, anchors an awareness that continues to expand. Now we have ''Anne Frank Remembered,'' a book of immaculate witness.
It tells the story of those on whom Anne's world - and her diary -depended. Like many Jews in Holland, the Frank family went into hiding with a realistic expectation of surviving the war. They very nearly did. They were arrested on Aug.
They were sent first to Westerbork, then on to ''the East,'' and in the end only Otto Frank returned. Edith Frank died in Auschwitz. Anne and her sister, Margot, died in Bergen-Belsen shortly before the British arrived. Their story seems haunted by bad luck rather than bad judgment; not the least of the bad luck was that Anne and her family were on the last train leaving Westerbork, the last cargo marked ''special treatment'' to depart the Netherlands.
But there was also good luck if, in view of the tragedy, to speak of blessing makes sense. I am referring to the Franks' friendship with Miep, as she is called in Anne's diary, during the dark years of their life in the annex to the building where Otto Frank's company had its offices. This woman, Miep Gies, born in Vienna but who refers to ''we Dutch'' with fierce pride, had worked for Otto Frank since and, once the family went into hiding, became their principal provider and confidante.
Gold decided to do this book. Seems unanswerable why somebody else some Dutch writer for example didn't do it first. If I, knowing nothing about it, had been asked to guess whether the professional writer who approached Miep Gies with a book proposal was a native speaker of English or Dutch, I would have guessed English just because a random Earthperson is more likely to speak English than Dutch.
So it doesn't surprise me that the book was not written in Dutch, but I wonder why it was not written in Chinese. The answer needs to be more specific than that. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.
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Featured on Meta. An apology to our community, and next steps. When she was ten years old she arrived in Holland as a WWI refugee, and it was there that she later met Otto Frank and became employed as a secretary at his spice company, Opekta. She and her husband Jan helped to hide the Franks in the sealed-off backrooms of the company offices from July until August , when they were betrayed by an anonymous informant. Miep found Anne's discarded diary and saved it for her return, but after Anne died at Bergen-Belsen, she gave the diary to Otto Frank, who was the sole survivor from the Secret Annex.
In the decades after Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published, Miep and Jan Gies chose to remain out of the spotlight until the publication of Anne Frank Remembered, when they became celebrities in the Netherlands and around the world.
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Miep's courage has been recognised with awards and medals from countries and international organisations. She still does not consider herself a hero. Co-writer - Anne Frank Remembered show more. Rating details.
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