Anne Frank’s Memory Revived In “Life After Anne Frank”

March 19th, 2010 - 7:33 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
25982_annefrank Amsterdam, Mar 19, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A woman who could be calm, tolerant and cheerful even at time of extreme distress. That is exactly how a 6-year-old inmate of Bergen Belsen recalls Anne Frank. The 6-year-old inmate who recalls her fairy tale teller at the Nazi camp is now an aging lady of 71, whose memoir is being published late this year in Netherlands. It talks about Anne Frank and her diary that she kept with her.

Anne Frank was severely ill while at the camp but still kept all the children cheerful by making them listen to her fairy tales. The idea was to keep them aloof from the war environs which boded ill for everyone. The memoir however mentions of Anne Frank only a few times but continues to depict the aftermath story of the holocaust and its survivors. Once read between the lines it gives a proper justification of the title “Life After Anne Frank”.

As observed, the final entry in Annie Frank’s diary was recorded on Aug. 1, 1944, which happens to be just three days prior to her arrest. Anne Frank was just 15 when she had perished away in the massive typhus epidemic that took a heavy toll of life in 1945 at the Bergen Belsen. Her sister was also killed in the very same epidemic. The director of psychology at the Maimonides Medical Center of New York, Dr. Alan Hilfer claims that it’s possible for a 6-year-old child to have recollected memories of her childhood. He feels that Berthe Meijer have recalled memories of Anne Frank owing to the fact that both of them had close encounters which was quite natural to have occurred in the camp.

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