Archive for April, 2016

Saw the Play “Diary of Anne Franke”

Last night my folks, husband and I witnessed the intensity of living in an upstairs room, maybe attic of an Amsterdam business.  Ken and I have walked by this place and so it was easy for me to imagine what they could see out their windows when they referred to the channel next to their place. The sound effects also could be the goose step sounds of the Nazi soldiers marching down the narrow streets next to their building.  Apparently Mr. Otto Frank was a very highly respected man, in whatever profession he had been in before he and his wife and two daughters went into hiding.  Then you see the Von Daan family joined them because the father of Peter Von Daan had helped Mr. Frank move into the Netherlands.

The Frank family had originally lived and had come from Frankfurt, Germany. When escaping their home in a rush, Mr. Frank had purposely put an address in the wastebasket for Zurich, Switzerland so that had thrown the enemy off thinking that is where they had escaped to.  Instead, they were in Amsterdam and holed up in the one place without going outside for over a year and a half.

The eight people were fed by kind people who were downstairs with an office, Mr. Kaler and a lady named Miep.  They had added on a Mr. Dussel who was NOT a likeable character at all. Food became short and tempers became shorter. On Sept. 4, 1944, the Green Police stormed into their attic and they had five minutes to bring their belongings with them where the women were separated.  Otto went to Auschwitz and Anne and her sister Margot went to Bergen Belsen where they may have died of typhus six months after their capture in Feb. or March of 1945. Apparently their mother had stayed behind and died of starvation.  Otto Frank was in the concentration camp that was liberated and he returned to Amsterdam to find out about his family’s fate.

He found Anne’s diary and did all he could to preserve her memory of what she captured from her 13-15 year old perspective of life in hiding.  Otto Frank died in 1980.  An estimated 30,000 Dutch Jews stayed in hiding in the Netherlands but 100,000 perished in the Nazi death camps.  I would tell my writing students that writing our memories down in whatever format is important for posterity’s sake.  What an evening it was and now my day will begin with a 5K walk and then birthday brunch with my husband then a birthday party at the Carnegie and then finally this evening we will have a jazz band concert/dance at the Carnegie.  Better get ready for the day!!!!!!

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April Fools in the NEW Movie just out!

I taught my composition classes this morning and then left the university to go home to pick up my husband so we would go shopping about 25 miles from our place.  I had THREE, no four things I needed to get…music for violin and flute duets.  Check. Tablecloth for the Carnegie to match the other three that I had already gotten last year. Check. Bins for our wash sink basin. Check. Finally, running (walking) shoes and I LOVE Saucony shoes. Check!

Then my husband wanted to go to a movie that had JUST come out today…God’s NOT Dead Part II. It was very well done and I was emotionally connected to it on many different levels.  I teach at a university and so I know the age group that this was set for.  The family dynamics for the one girl was very messy. The teacher was brought to court because she had quoted a passage from Scripture and one evil attorney wanted to ruin her. He was very clever but the teacher’s attorney who represented her in front of a judge and jury outfoxed the guy.  I was totally taken in by the plot and when the credits rolled at the end, they showed the number of court cases that have already happened where Christian teachers have had lawsuits filed against them by ACLU types. There must have been about 25-30 that have happened all over our nation. Sickening.  April Fools Day was an appropriate day to have the first day showing of this movie…it showed who the REAL fools were!

There were other plots intertwined with this as well. The song group Newsboys was on this show as well as Lee Stroebel and Mike Huckabee. Others were in this movie but I didn’t know them since we don’t watch t.v.  Anyway, I’m glad we had our date together. Then we stopped by unannounced to a friend’s place and we talked and caught up. He has recently published another book about Germans from Russia and what he has found out in his five years of writing and researching this.  We went out for supper together and then came home.

Once home, I got my violin out and practiced every song in the two song books that I had bought.  Some will work better than others…now to just make photo copies of some of these songs and practice together with the flute player.  Good day for being April Fools day!

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