The Sydney Jewish Museum has found the lost letters of Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. Letters were sent to him by Australian girls who were roughly about Anne’s age, who read his daughter’s diary, and were touched by her plight. Anne Frank’s diary had given an accurate description of the Holocaust through her dated entries. On a special afternoon, the museum will feature a theatrical reading of Otto’s correspondence with these Australians.
The letters will be on display in the museum as a part of the exhibition entitled “Anne Frank – A History for Today.” The Anne Frank House in Holland has the copies of the letters that Otto received throughout his lifetime but his replies to each and every supporter were not recorded, reveals the museum website. However, some were located last year by the Sydney Jewish Museum’s team. They reveal how a girl’s diary can inspire so many others in a land as far as Australia.
Australian teenager Anne Finlayson was the first to correspond with Otto Frank. She started writing to him at the age of 19 after reading “The Diary of Anne Frank.” They exchanged letters over the next few years between 1956 and 1980. Otto called Finlayson “the other Anne.” The pen friends often spoke about life in general, reveals Brisbane Times.
Another Australian, Dr. Diana MacLean, also corresponded regularly with Otto Frank. Brisbane Times notes that MacLean had revealed to Frank about her inspiration to become a doctor. She said that the diary had helped her decide to become a doctor.
The Australian Jewish News stated that the exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum will be inaugurated by Willem Cosijn, Consul-General of the Netherlands. The inaugural event is named as “Uncovering Otto: The Lost Letters of Otto Frank” and will be attended by MacLean. It will feature a string quartet performance of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Anne Frank has referred to this is a piece of music by Mozart in her diary entry from April 11, 1944.