Amsterdam: 1965. Original Letter. 5 3/4 X 8 1/4 Inches. Near Fine. Item #7060
Scarce original Otto Frank signed letter (TLS) in regards to the new biography of his daughter, Anne, by Ernst Schnabel. Frank writes in response to a request from Alan Hedman of Randolph High School in Randolph, WI who was directing a play based upon the diaries kept by Anne Frank. Letter dated February 26, 1965 and accomplished on Frank's personal stationery.
Anne Frank was a German-born Jewish girl who kept a diary in which she documented life in hiding under Nazi persecution. She is a celebrated diarist who described everyday life from her family hiding place in an Amsterdam attic. One of the most-discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the 1947 publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best-known books and has been the basis for several plays and films. Otto, Anne's father, lost both of his daughters (Anne and Margot) as well as his wife Edith at the hands of the Nazi's during WWII. He was the sole surviving member of his family and oversaw the publication of the book based upon his daughter's diaries as well as the numerous plays and films that would be produced based on the same. As this letter exhibits, Otto Frank spent the remainder of his life serving the legacy of his lost children.