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Annas Frank and Rosenfeld part one

There will be more to this later.

I spent a lot of time in Miss Frank's bedroom today and it is even smaller than Miss Rosenfeld's, and I couldn't imagine that. M. Frank also shared hers with a middle-aged dentist, which made it even smaller. It's hardly bigger than a hallway in a private middle / lower-class house in America. All the furniture had been removed by a Nazi-sympathetic Dutch moving company.

Evergreen has replaced all the furniture in Miss Rosenfeld's, I'm sure. Not that there was much to begin with. In fact, only three items. Bed, study table, small chair.

Now it happens that A. Frank has not used her bedroom since the night of April 3, 1944 and A. Rosenfeld has not used hers since the night of April 12 of this year. They were repainting Kiota's and repairing it when I was out there in August. I could get myself up as far as the last landing we had climbed to her front door, and I had to stop. Suddenly could not see so well. But that was not the main thing .....

They are again remodeling and repairing Annelein's atm, but you can still visit it [Annelein = "Little Anna", she was called that affectionately by her father, since she was tiny next to her older sister Margot.]

There are amazing coincidences between the two of them, which I have been aware of for awhile, moreso now. Especially in the final entries in their journals. How they both felt isolated and harboring split personalities ["dissociated" is Kiota's term {and at least one of her friends agrees.}] Annelein wrote how much better everything would be if she were the only person in the world. Those were the final words she left us. Kiota's were "I'm sorry" and "I'm glad you were able to get better."

Annelein and her family shut themselves up in tiny rooms because the German government of occupation wanted to kill them and send them all up the smokestacks. She felt very isolated. Kiota shut herself up in her tiny room because she felt very isolated and unwelcome and persecuted too.

There in the forests of Washington State, far from the sidewalks of Amsterdam, of course the murder threat did not come from outside, from any government. It came from entirely the opposite direction.

Annelein "locked" her parents out of her journals. Although all eight of them lived cheek-by-jowl in this tiny three-floor refugee hiding place, and she used his briefcase, she made Otto [her dad] promise not to read a single word. And he kept his promise, until after seven of the eight of them had been killed or died in the camps.

There is a video made by Otto before he himself died in 1980. He says "I was always on good terms with my daughter but when I started reading her diary I was amazed, all her self-criticism and other things. What I learned was that no father ever really knows his child."


Also, one day Annelein chirped, "I want to go on living even after my death!"

Indeed. {Again.}



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
You read Anne Frank's diary? Why are these things not available in this country?

I'm jealous.

And also relieved you're not in the Mid East anymore.
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Ooooh Nur, the diary is available in six or eight languages.

Butbut *you* are in a war zone all the time, right next to Basra and the Iranians....why don't you make me as relieved as you are ----
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
----and move to Melbourne or Helsinki or somewhere quiet like that *suggests strongly*

above: I meant that the 6 - 8 languages are right there in the Anne Frank Foundation store. Think it's been translated into 60 languages, or something like that....you'd lurve it.
Sep. 12th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I shall move out ASAP!

And when you get back to america-land, we're going to do the book mailing that Anna and I never got around to doing.
Sep. 12th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
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