Anne’s friends speak
THE international rights to a book telling the stories of six classmates of Anne Frank – of The Diary Of Anne Frank fame – who, unlike her, survived the Holocaust, went up for sale last week at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Of the 21 children in Anne’s class at the Jewish school she attended in Amsterdam, 11 survived World War II and six are still alive today.
One of them, Theo Coster, hid during the war and moved to Tel Aviv where he became an inven- tor of games and gadgets. Now 82, he collected the memories of the others, from as far afield as Brazil.
He said: “They all remember Anne Frank,” who died in 1945 at the age of 15 at the BergenBelsen concentration camp in northern Germany and whose diary has become one of the most read books in the world.
The new book tells of their life in hiding or their deportation but does not reveal any new details of Frank’s life. – AFP