Category Archives: Online Finds

“New” theory of the raid on the Annexe.. really?

The AFH has published (online) a “new” theory that the people hiding in the secret annexe may not have been betrayed at all. Frankly, there is nothing new about this theory. The serious investigators, such as Muller, did not claim that there was a betrayer, just that betrayal was one good theory. A significant reward was offered for finding hidden Jews during the German occupation of The Netherlands. The real story of the cause of the raid is unknown. People investigate possible betrayers, because it is important to find out what the real story was. Seven lives perished – why? That is the real question at the root, not a vengeance thirst. Curiosity and tenacity to find the truth is a laudable human characteristic. When we learn the truth, we have a better hope of moving forward making better choices and recognizing potential problems. The article’s point is a good one, but not nearly as dramatic or new a supposition as they present it. “But no one has cast serious doubts about the betrayal theory — until now.” Absurd.

The article:

(Thanks to both a co-worker and my NL contact for telling me about this.)

Happy New Year — here is a much more detailed look at this theory, with researchers and authors of Anne Frank books commenting about this “new” research.

Thanks to my NL contact for this link!

Anne Frank diary documentary

The Magic of The Diary of Anne Frank will air on the Denver area’s alternative Public Broadcasting System station, channel 12.1 at 7PM on Wed, May 18th. It lasts an hour. The link below includes a 30-second promo. It sounds like a talking heads documentary with a lot of old photos and other such context presented. People, including famous people, speak about what her diary means to them. [8-1-2016 I liked this very good documentary, it was much better than the trite commentary I pessimistically expected. SM]

After that documentary, Run Boy Run (2014) will air (8pm): it is a dramatization of a true story of a young Jewish refugee during WWII (length: about an hour 2 hours). It is closely based on the 2003 novel of the same name, which itself is based on a true story. The boy was only 9 years old and on his own in Nazi-occupied Poland. [8-1-2016 It was very intense and compelling. I highly recommend it. A note is it’s all in Polish, with English subtitles. SM]–The&id=120160518190000

Here is a link to more info on Run Boy Run:

If you are not in the Denver area: though don’t see a full length video of either movie online, I do see Run Boy Run in my public library as a DVD. You can check your library (and interlibrary loan) if interested in that documentary.

Anne Frank signed book up for Auction (in May)

No, it is not a signed Diary of a Young Girl book — that would be impossible. Apparently Anne had this Grimm’s Fairy Tales book and signed it or printed her name as a signal of her ownership, the book was not taken into hiding. By whatever route from there, the book landed in a used book shop in Amsterdam where “a couple” bought it. They did not realize the significance of the name until 1977: their children recognized the name. They wrote to Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who was the only surviving member of Anne’s immediate family. He replied by mail that they could keep it.

The book and Otto’s letter are both up for auction in May, by Swann Auction Galleries. I find nothing on their site about this.

CNBC News article about this.

App, by the Anne Frank Foundation

The Anne Frank Foundation has created an “app,” available on November 7th, for about $11USD. The app will have quite a lot of content and will work on the ipad and Nook devices. There will be a lot of audio of interviews, some film footage from documentaries, the full text of her original diaries (translated), timelines (her life story, the world’s during that time), and it will tell Anne’s story, focusing on the diary, and therefore, on her time hidden in the Secret Annexe (the small building behind her father’s small manufacturing firm).

I do not have either of those devices. If you do get it, please feel free to comment here about it.

(Thanks to my NL contact for this information!)


Waiting in Line for Anne Frank: online link

This may only be up for a limited time. I have not had an opportunity to watch the entire hour long documentary, yet, but it looks excellent so far. Waiting in Line for Anne Frank. Already, at the start, it is very touching: to see a young teenager from Zimbabwe, where there have been terrible troubles in recent years, reading Anne’s words about seeing people lined up and ordered about by thugs (while we see the long patient line behind her to visit the museum on a bright sunny day), and to see other young teens, reading her diary, and to hear a now-American survivor who had also been in hiding tell his story.

12 May 2014

A note on the online movie: the green button on top is asking if you accept their cookies. Click it to say yes.

There are a few English speakers, so watch the whole thing. See my previous post about this documentary for an English 8 minute trailer, which has some footage not included in the movie.

And thanks to my frequent NL contact for this link!