* anne frank....
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank.... June 12 1929 – early March 1945) is one of the most well-known Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of…
Miep and Jan Gies, the Dutch couple who hid Anne Frank, her sister, parents and 4 others in a secret attic behind a bookcase. The heroic work they did, the chances they took, the loyalty they showed, is remarkable, not once did I stop to consider the brave people that actually saved her. Honestly kinda shocked I never thought about this.
As a Jewish girl at the time of WWll, Marijke Otten was forced into hiding, as was her husband. A visit to the Anne Frank House together took an unexpected turn. ‘Just look at this!’, said Daniel. It was a photo of a little girl about 2 yrs old, cut from a Libelle magazine. It was me. At that moment my eyes misted over. I knew that photo. I’d seen it in my baby album all my life. Familiar, taken for granted even… All the people around me were so excited. ‘Is that you?’ ‘Yes, yes, it’s me…’
"Anne, 15 years old and the diarist of the house, had long since grown out of the schoolgirl clothes she took with her into what she called Het Achterhuis (the house behind). In hiding, she studied, argued with her mother, experienced her first kiss, and watched the huge chestnut tree in the back of the house bloom and die and bloom again."