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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.

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

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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!

media/news items

Quick notes about a book, a guestbook comment on an Anne Frank House guest book, and a one-woman play (now over, but may happen annually).

Book and guest book comment: Eva Schloss, the daughter of Anne’s father’s second wife, has written a book about her own life, After Auschwitz. This article talks about the book and the guest book comment by a teen star, Justin Bieber, which has caused a stir among some. (Eva agrees with the young man, and explains why.)

Play: And apparently a US (Colorado) woman, Judy Winnick, does portrayals, kind of one-woman plays, and one is about Miep Gies, A Beacon of Hope. I got the impression (from the Canyon Courier article, unfortunately, not online) this may be an annual event or something she does in various places.

Special thanks to two special readers!!

New Edition of Muller’s Biography of Anne

I have been busy, but have finished reading Melissa Müller’s new edition of her biography of Anne Frank. It has been expanded by about 1/3 with a lot of newly uncovered information. (It has some 480 pages now.) There is more information about her friend, Hello Silberberg and other friends, more photos which I had not seen before, and more about the villains. Even the old parts were amazing to read. I had not remembered her book being so insightful, but I checked those parts against the original and they were pretty much the same. So it was well worth the time to read, even if the new information did not interest me. I have not updated this site with the new information (and won’t any time soon). If you want to get your hands on the new edition, double-check it is the correct one (is about 480 pages long and has a more subdued photo of Anne on the cover, shown here).

The book not only brings greater understanding of Anne Frank, but also of her family and circle of friends, and the reach of the Holocaust. The sheer numbers killed and affected by those deaths are hard to comprehend. A book like this helps bridge the comprehension gap of huge numbers versus one brilliant young woman. So many people were killed, like Anne was, so many barely survived and lived on, like her father did, some escaped by hiding and luck, like Anne’s friend, Hello, some were able to live with a false identity card, like Barbara Ledermann, some helped, like Miep, some were nasty, like Jansen, and the list goes on.. it’s staggering yet mentally and ethically rewarding to try to comprehend what happened in the larger picture while reading about this one person’s life and circle.

Perrij’s or Blankevoort?

In The Footsteps of Anne Frank, 1958 (p. 32-3), Ernst Schnabel stated that Anne’s first diary book was bought by her father at their neighborhood bookshop, but Schnabel did not reveal who told him that. The English version of Müller’s Biography of Anne stated the same thing. Again, no source for this information was given. Now, the recently updated edition of that biography (available only in Dutch for now) removed that information. Further casting doubt on the information, in Anne’s original diary entry for 20 October 1942, she implied that the diary came from a department store chain, Perry’s, which had a store downtown. (In Dutch, J is pronounced like a Y.)

“Perhaps I’ll ask Bep if she can go and see sometime if Perrij’s still sell diaries, or else I’ll have to use an exercise book, because my diary is getting full, what a pity!”

Anne did end up moving on to writing in the remaining blank pages of school exercise books. Maybe she never asked Bep, or maybe, it being wartime, the shops did not have diaries or the helpers could not afford it. Also, for whatever reason, the entry above was edited out of published versions of Anne’s diary (except, of course, the Critical Edition, which is where I got that quote from).

I added a brief page about Perry’s. The Frank family’s neighborhood bookshop was called Blankevoort, two Amsterdam residents told me. These days it is called Jimmink.

I’m told the new edition of Müller’s Biography of Anne contains a lot of newly uncovered information. Hopefully it will come out in English! [It came out in English in the US on 11 June — I’m reading it. SM]

Thanks to my NL contact for the 1930s information and photos about Perrij’s, plus the Blankevoort confirmation. Also thanks to the Amsterdam resident who brought up the question.