council's education department took the initiative to
bring the event to Enfield.
Hans returns to Amsterdam and hears the chimes of the
famous Western Tower clock, that Anne refers to in her
diary, he thinks of her living just a few streets
believes the Holocaust has a lesson for modern events
whether in Bosnia or Africa.
Frank he was a hidden child, in his case being given away
by his parents at the age of 11 months to be brought up
by the Dutch Resistance because his parents feared
capture by the Nazis. He thought his foster mother was
his real mother. After the war he was taken to see his
real mother in hospital and she did not know him. "Later
I found out that when she came hack from Auschwitz she
was 25 years old, she weighed 38 pounds, she had no hair
because they shaved her head and she suffered TB, typhoid
eyes she must have looked horrific," he said. Eventually
he was returned to her although he rejected her and later
became a rebellious child, When he was about 30 his
mother told him the truth about his past. "She said that
when I was born I was the eldest and her pride and
suffered in various concentration camps and escaped
the gas chambers on three occasions because she and a
girlfriend crawled underneath the gas ovens and stayed
there until everyone had gone.
the only reason she survived was knowing I was alive and
safe somewhere," he said.
mother is now 78 years old and lives in Los Angeles. His
family moved to the USA where he joined the army and
trained as a nurse.
then called up to fight in Vietnam, refused to go, moved
to Holland where he married an English woman and then
eventually to the UK.
Anne Frank's diary, he says, you realise that even though
cooped up in that attic she was alive, she saw the birds
and trees, she was 'a picture of the universe' and that
captured the imagination.
need sympathy, neither do the Jewish people. People need
to be acutely aware of what it could possibly mean to
live under a dictatorship.
remembering what happened to me 50 years ago, hopefully
people will see things in a different light.
of Anne Frank is a constant reminder that we must be
united in being vigilant against any form of genocide or
atrocities whether on grounds of colour, creed or
make sure it never happens again. People might say there
is nothing we can do, others may say we can learn to live
people visit the exhibition, all they need to do is walk
away, not with an answer, because there are no answers,
but with a thought, that is the moat important