[Frank, Anne. (1929–1945)] Frank, Otto. (1889–1980)
Signed Photograph of Canals Outside the Hidden Annex
Original color polaroid photograph, ca. 1970s, of the Amsterdam canals outside the house where the Frank family hid for more than two years. The photograph has been signed to upper right by Anne Frank's father, Otto. Slightly faded, else fine. 3.5 x 3.5 inches (9 x 9 cm.). Together with halftone photographs of the annex where they lived and Anne's diary.
Otto Frank, father of Jewish World War II diarist Anne Frank, was the only member of his family member to survive the Holocaust, and he devoted his life to preserving the memory of his daughter. In a 1967 television interview, Frank said, "I knew that Anne wrote a diary. She spoke about her diary. She left her diary with me at night in a briefcase next to my bed. I had promised her never to look in. I never did...When I returned [after the war], and after I had the news that my children would not come back, Miep gave me the diary...It took me a very long time to read it, and I must say I was very much surprised about the deep thoughts Anne had, her seriousness—especially her self-criticism...It was quite a different Anne I had known as my daughter. She never really showed this kind of inner feeling. She talked about many things, we criticized many things, but what really her feelings were, I only could see from the diary...And my conclusion is, as I had been in very, very good terms with Anne, that most parents don't know, really, their children."
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