Dear Kitty, song about Anne Frank

This 1 May 2015 music video from the Netherlands is called Dear Kitty, and is by the band MainStreet.

MainStreet are involved in the celebrations of the 5 May national holiday in the Netherlands (commemoration of 5 May 1945, when Adolf Hitler’s occupation forces in the Netherlands surrendered).

They wrote this song about Anne Frank and her diary (‘letters’ to ‘Dear Kitty’).

The lyrics are:

Dear Kitty, what have they done?
When so many lives are lost how can a war be won?
Dear Kitty, you showed the world
You made a dream come true when you told us about this girl
Dear Kitty
You kept al her secrets safe
Listening each day and while she sleeps
You’re the voice when she can’t speak

Dear Kitty, where do we go?
When you run from who you are and lose everyone you know
Dear Kitty, you lost a friend
But words can come alive so her story never ends
Dear Kitty
You kept al her secrets safe
Listening each day and while she sleeps
You’re the voice when she can’t speak

‘Anne Frank died earlier in Hitler’s concentration camp than thought’

Symbolic tombstone for Anne and Margot Frank in Belgen-Belsen concentration camp

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Anne Frank died earlier than thought”

Today, 12:11

Anne Frank and her sister Margot died probably earlier than hitherto assumed. The Red Cross said in the 1950s that the date when the Jewish sisters died in the camp Bergen-Belsen from typhus should be between 1 and 31 March 1945. New research by the Anne Frank Foundation shows that they probably died a month earlier.

The exact date when Anne and Margot died is not known. As stated in the statement of one of their fellow camp inmates: “One day they were just not there anymore”.

Researchers looked therefore at archives of the Red Cross and testimonies of survivors of Bergen-Belsen. The girls arrived in November 1944 at the camp.

Twelve days

The Anne Frank House in its research about the last months of Anne and Margot Frank concluded that it is unlikely that the girls were still alive in March. The sisters in early February 1945 had already, according to statements from inmates, symptoms of typhus. According to the National Institute for Public Health and Environment most people die about twelve days after the first symptoms.

Anne Frank statue in Argentina

Anne Frank statue, Merweedeplein, Amsterdam

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Anne Frank statue unveiled in Argentina

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 21:39

In Argentina, a statue of Anne Frank has been unveiled. The statue is in Buenos Aires on the Plaza Reina de Holanda.

The artwork is a replica of the bronze statue which stands on the Merwedeplein in the Amsterdam Rivierenbuurt neighbourhood, by sculptress Jet Schepp. The 74-year old artist was present at the unveiling in Argentina.

The statue of Anne Frank has been put there on the International Human Rights Day. The monument is a joint initiative including the Argentine Ministry of Education, the Dutch Embassy in Argentina and Centro Ana Frank Argentina.

The statue at the Amsterdam Merwedeplein was unveiled in 2005. Anne Frank lived for almost ten years at the square before the Frank family went into hiding in 1942 at the Prinsengracht.

Dutch neo-nazis vandalize Anne Frank musical poster

Nazi vandalism in Velserbroek, photo by Jan Bregonje

Translated from Dutch site

Anne poster daubed all over with Nazi symbols

Published: May 11, 2014 15:00 Last Updated: May 11, 2014 15:15

In a bus shelter in Velserbroek, a poster of the musical Anne has been defaced with Stars of David, swastikas and Nazi slogans.

According to a bus driver, this probably happened this morning.

RTV Noord-Holland reports this. Also the rest of the bus shelter is covered with vandals’ black marker’s pollution. The musical Anne, which is about the story of Anne Frank, was premiered last week. The posters of the musical hang mostly in bus shelters.

Bus driver Jan Bregonje discovered this result of vandalism this morning. According to him, it must have happened this morning, because yesterday, he said, it was not there yet.

Bregonje has immediately contacted the local police. Passersby are also said to be shocked.

This Dutch TV video is about the musical Anne.

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Anne Frank’s toys rediscovered

Anne Frank playing with marbles, photo Anne Frank Stichting / Anne Frank Fonds

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Marbles of Anne Frank rediscovered

Update: Monday, 3 Feb 2014, 18:48

Almost seventy years after the Second World War toys owned by Anne Frank have resurfaced. A neighbour of the Frank Family on the Merwedeplein in Amsterdam brought a can with Anne‘s marbles to the Anne Frank House.

The girl next door, the now 83-year-old Toosje Kupers, says she got the marbles when it became clear that Anne and her family had to hide. She says she had never realized that the toys would be so valuable for the Anne Frank House.

The marbles are on display at an exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam which the king will open tomorrow.

See also here. And here.Anne Frank's marbles

Anne Frank’s collected works published

This video from the Netherlands is called Trailer YouTube-channel Anne Frank House.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

New letters in Anne Frank book

Tuesday 12 Nov 2013, 19:12 (Update: 12/11/13, 19:29)

In Amsterdam the collected works of Anne Frank have been presented. In this book, for the first time the different versions of her diary, stories, letters and photos have been brought together.

In the book are letters which had never been published before. Anne‘s ‘Egypt Diary’ is included as well. Anne cut pictures from a magazine and stuck them in a notebook.

Minister Bussemaker accepted the first copy. She called the diary “the most important war document in the world. Anne Frank has managed to keep the memory of the Second World War alive”.

Anne Frank censorship attempt fails

From the New York Daily News in the USA:

May 13, 2013 11:24 AM

School officials in Northville, Mich., refuse to ban unedited version of Anne Frank’s diary

BY Taylor Malmsheimer

Anne Frank's diary

Last month, a mother in Northville, Mich., filed a formal complaint against her daughter’s school district, stating that the unedited version of “The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank” contained “pornographic” passages that were inappropriate for her seventh grade daughter and her classmates.

The Northville Patch reports that following a deliberation by a review committee, Northville Public School officials have decided not to remove the definitive edition of Anne Frank’s diary from its middle school’s reading options.

Assistant superintendent for instructional services Robert Behnke wrote a letter to the community regarding the school’s decision, stating that the committee worried that removing the book would constitute as censorship.

“The committee felt strongly that a decision to remove the use of ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl — The Definitive Edition’ as a choice within this larger unit of study would effectively impose situational censorship by eliminating the opportunity for the deeper study afforded by this edition,” Behnke wrote.

The committee, which consisted of elementary, middle school and district administrators as well as two middle school English teachers and two parents in the district, also suggested the district should better communicate information about the units of study in middle school literature classes, Behnke said. It suggested that when possible, middle school English classes should provide parents with booklists that can be reviewed by parents before students make a selection.

The school’s decision is a welcome hiatus from a recent troubling trend, in which parents and teachers request that various books be banned from school libraries and reading lists in communities across the country.