A picture that traveled halfway across the world meant salvation for Sieg Monday. A diary that remained in Amsterdam symbolized the death of Anne Frank. In our 47th issue we also pay attention to the children of “wrong parents” and the penalty for camp guard Dey.
“By chance I recieved a diary, a dairy that was written during the war years.” With those words historian Jan Romein started the column A Child’s Voice on April 3th 1946. “When I had finished it, it was night and it amazed me that the lights were still burning, that bread and tea were still available, that the sound of goose stepping boots was absent in the streets. That is how much the reading had captured me and brought me back in time.”
It was the first time that the world heard about the now world-famous book. Otto Frank had received the diary
not even a year prior. It was given to him by Miep Gies, who had saved it from the documents that were left lying around in the secret annex after the refugees were taken away. She had wanted to give it back to Anne, but now that her death was confirmed her father became the keeper of his daughter’s legacy.