Sunday, December 04, 2022

Letters from Anne Frank’s father, now in the U of South Carolina

COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) – A woman gives the University of South Carolina 100 cards and letters she received from Anne Frank as a girl and young woman Father, Otto Frank.

Cara Wilson-Grenaut first wrote to Otto Frank in 1957, when she was 12 years old and Anne Frank auditioned for a film based on the diary she wrote while hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

Last year, Wilson-Granat published a memoir about his life and his correspondence, which lasted until Frank’s death in 1980.

Wilson-Granat wrote on his website That he became her mentor and “wise ‘grandfather’, as he was to many others around the world.”

He has now given Frank’s letters to the University’s Anne Frank Center, which opened in September as a partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, The Post and Courier reported.

“The letters have a life where there is discussion,” Wilson-Granat said during a news conference on Wednesday. “We already have students sitting down and they’re talking about anti-Semitism and racism and bullying and there’s a lot I believe we can grow from these letters.”

This charity establishes the Anne Frank Archive at the fourth Anne Frank Center in the world.

Its director, Doyle Stevik, said he hoped others would be inspired to send it a letter from Otto Frank. Stevik said he may have thousands of unspecified letters from him.

“I pray that those letters can be retrieved and we can read them,” Wilson-Granat told The Post and Courier. “You’re reading about people who have given up hope, and they helped them.

He heard about Kendra from a friend who had also corresponded with Frank. He and a third correspondent visited the center before Wilson-Granat decided to donate his letters.

Gertjan Brock, a senior researcher at the Anne Frank House, said the letters cover topics such as the JFK assassination in the United States, anti-Semitism and racism, the civil rights movement and conflict in the Middle East.

The Anne Frank Center, located at Barringer House on USC’s Columbia campus, details the lives of Anne Frank and her family, who in 1942 called Anne Frank “The Secret Annex”. He was discovered two years later and sent to concentration camps. , where everyone died except Otto Frank.

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