Anne Frank on Stamps

1*U33dGSMCTRn-m48fAiO6lgAnne Frank is one of my all-time heroes. Although she needs little introduction, being one of the most known victims of the Holocaust, few people think about how important the testimony of Annelies Marie Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) is in today’s world. Her diary went all the way from banned book (as is in Lebanon), to a non-recommended book (a school committe in the US deeming the book to be “a real downer”), and up to compulsory reading.

Nowadays, Anne’s universe still elicits a lot of interest worldwide. More than 1 million people visit yearly her hiding place in Prinsengraacht 263, in Amsterdam, where she, together with her family and four other people stayed in hiding, without seeing light or going out for 2 years (between 06 July 1942 and 04 August 1944). New pages of her diary have just been discovered a couple of months ago – so the final version of her diary, known as “Anne Frank’s Diary” or “The Secret Annex” (the latter being a literal translation of the Dutch original “Het Achterhuis“), is soon going to be revised.

Revisions of her diary happened many times since the first publication of the Diary in 1947. Several fragments were added, which were considered initially extraneous to the diary, or that were considered unfit for a young audience. The Diary underwent a lot of cosmetic work until it reached what was called “the Definitive Edition”, but in the meantime, more than 35 million copies of her book were sold, in more than 60 languages.

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Memorial tomb of Anne and Margot Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The inscription in Hebrew says נר הי השמת אדם (from Proverbs, 20:27, “The light of God is the soul of a person, [searching all the inward parts]”).
Anne’s message is always a peaceful and mature one, way beyond the real age she had when she was writing her diary. “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”, says one of her most repeated quotes. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” is another one, which remains a true example of Anne’s food for thought.

There were Anne Frank movies, animations, cartoons, spin-off’s, basically there’s a little bit of everything decent that carries on the message of Anne Frank. Of course, there are also numerous Anne Frank stamps, about which we are going to talk a little today.

 

 

 


Federal German Republic

The first Anne Frank to be issued was in the Federal German Republic in the year 1979.

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The stamp features the well-known school portrait of Anne Frank, while the First Day Cover has in addition her signature. The stamp on the First Day Cover also identifies the issue as a commemorative one, being issued for the 50th anniversary of birth of Anne Frank.

One detail that is often overlooked is the fact that this stamp also features a concrete date for the death of Anne Frank. The date is debatable, especially in the light of recent research and interviews with other survivors, as Anne Frank might have died any time between February and April 1945.

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A Moon Landscape. An Inspiring Story of Stamps

Imagini pentru petr ginzPetr Ginz (1928-1944) was one of the many child victims of the Holocaust. Born in a mixed Czech-Jewish family, he grew to be a precocious young man, writing his own novels, keeping himself informed about current events, and loving everything that was scientific. He was bilingual in Czech and Esperanto. His parents, after all, had met at an Esperanto Congress.

Petr Ginz would have been one of the many anonymous faces of the Holocaust, were it not for his diary. He kept a diary chronicling the looming anti-Jewish policies of the Third Reich in occupied Czechoslovakia for two years, between 1941 and 1942. His diary stops short when he is deported at the age of 14 to Theresienstadt. Two years later, in 1944, he is transported and taken to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.


The fact that Petr Ginz wrote a diary was known. His sister, Eva (later Chava) Pressburger knew about the diary, but it was apparently lost. What she had from her brother were poems and drawings.

It was a copy of such a drawing made by Petr Ginz that Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon (אילן רמון), himself the son of Holocaust survivors, took at the request of Yad Vashem officials on the board of Columbia STS-107. It shows the Earth seen from the Moon.

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