(I have not been able to get into my website or blog recently and I finally asked the library to fix this lack of access. They had an answer right away.)
Several weeks ago, at the grocery store, I noticed and bought a special LIFE magazine about Anne Frank on the 70th anniversary of her diary’s first publication. It is no longer available at my grocery store, but it may be at yours. The magazine bar code states, “display until 8/11/17,” so they must have sold out. Heartening to know there is still interest in Anne and her life story.
Amazon has it. Here is the full title (eu.pn does not allow links to amazon) for you to search in google: LIFE Anne Frank: The Diary at 70: Her Life and Her Legacy. It’s good and they name a few people I had not known of before. I should add them to my people pages. That will take a while as this site is on the back burner these days.
Some bits of news in here I didn’t know about: a future museum and a memorial (I’ll brief you on them below). The magazine goes over Anne’s entire life and legacy, though not going into great detail about the content of her diary. Curiously, the magazine makes no mention of the play, ANNE, which ran its course in Amsterdam and closed. My Netherlands contact tells me the Anne Frank Fonds is looking for new cities to host the well-done, expensive, and technically advanced production.
In Amsterdam‘s former Jewish Quarter, there is a plan for a Dutch Holocaust memorial, designed by Daniel Libeskind. I found an article in the New York Times about it. If and when it gets through the entire approval process, it will have many spaces to walk in, all made of bricks with Dutch victim names laser-etched on (Jewish and otherwise). The project’s web site includes a well-done computer simulation of the park-like memorial. In the meantime, there is the Joodsmonument online. It only has the Jewish victims.
Anne was born in Frankfurt and spent the first few years of her life there. In Frankfurt, the Frank Family Centre is set to open in 2018. It sets out to present Anne’s family history, in the context of the times and place, out to the larger world, through the Holocaust. There are many artifacts (artwork, documents, furniture) that will be on display: Anne’s ancestors first came to Frankfurt as early as the 1500s.
Back to the LIFE magazine. They appropriately bring up the relevance of Anne’s story today. There are millions of refugees today and more trying to flee violence. Anne was a refugee. Her father’s diligence and ingenuity gained his family refuge to the Netherlands. After about 10 years, when the Nazis violently took over that country, he sought refuge in other countries, including the US. He was not granted refuge, and he turned to hiding the family. The magazine fails to mention the complications of how many more people live in Europe today (almost double, by a quick online search), and the ongoing terrorist acts committed by people claiming the faith of most of the refugees. Anne’s story nonetheless does ask us to think about our position on the refugee crisis.