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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:22 PM

On Anne Frank's 90th Birthday, Her Childhood Friends Meet With Students in Amsterdam

Source: Time Magazine

(AMSTERDAM) — For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank’s 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II.

Enjoying movies and cookies at Anne’s apartment meant “we didn’t think about it at that moment,” the 90-year-old Van Maarsen said Wednesday as she and another of Anne’s friends met students from Amsterdam schools at an event to mark what would have been Anne’s 90th birthday.

The 13th birthday party was a fleeting relief for children already suffering from discriminatory, anti-Jewish regulations and forced to wear Star of David patches on their clothes.

Just three weeks later, Anne and her family fled into hiding in the secret annex behind a canal-side house that was made famous in her diary. Less than three years after that, exhausted and suffering from typhus, Anne died with her sister in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp in February 1945. -MORE...


Read more: https://time.com/5605663/anne-frank-birthday-friends-meet-students/



Wednesday’s meeting in Southern Amsterdam was at the Frank family’s former apartment where they lived before going into hiding. The family hid in the annex for just over 2 years, and then were arrested and deported to Nazi-run concentration camps.

Otto Frank, Anne’s father was the only family member to survive the war. He later published her diaries. The book, 'Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl' went on to be published in dozens of countries around the world and is regarded as one of the most important works of the 20th century.






Jacqueline van Maarsen, center L, and Albert Gomes de Mesquita, center R, school friends of Anne Frank, pose for a photo with students from the International School of Amsterdam.

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Reply On Anne Frank's 90th Birthday, Her Childhood Friends Meet With Students in Amsterdam (Original post)
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:33 PM

1. Every time I think of Anne Frank I cry for what happened.

Read the book three times. Once in high school. once in middle age and a few years ago with the kids I was tutoring for a local program.

They were entering high school and this was our book for the summer. That time I couldn't take it. Our last discussion was pretty somber. Then I went home and kind of melted into a mess.

Was at a college graduation for one of the kids. He reminded me of reading Anne Frank that summer and how it meant so much to him.

Well I am not making a lot of sense, I kind of lose it when I start thinking of this.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:16 PM

2. The sorrow is understandable, how humans could do this

is overwhelming and can lead to pessimism. Also disturbing are recent surveys showing that younger people, also adults in Europe, Canada and the US know little to nothing about the Holocaust which is tragic and dangerous. We must do much better at educating populations; for all you do many thanks.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:31 PM

3. ditto

I read the diary when I was a very young girl and it had a huge impact on me

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 11:50 PM

5. Having a feeling heart

Is a good thing, especially in a world where so many hearts have turned to stone.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 11:12 PM

4. I sure wish that whomever was responsible...

For revealing the Frank's location would have been caught and severely punished.

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