Anne’s friends speak

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BOOKS -

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

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