Thursday, February 15, 2007

anne frank could be alive today?

a story on various sites today - papers have come to light regarding otto frank's attempts to emigrate before he took his family into hiding. here it is in the london times. the sentence that grabbed me was:

"“Anne Frank could be a 77-year-old woman living in Boston today — a writer. That is what YIVO’s documents suggest,” Richard Breitman, a professor at the American University in Washington who has studied the document cache, said yesterday."

he goes on to say:

“The Frank family probably could have gotten out of the Netherlands even during much of the year 1941. But the decision to try hard came relatively late. The Nazis made it harder and harder over time and, by that time, the American Government was making it harder and harder for foreigners to get in.”

what blows my mind is the random nature of who survived and who did not. my family got out of germany relatively late, but they did make it into cuba and, eventually, they did make it into the usa. so i live. and anne does not. so bloody random.

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