"Anne Frank's Diary" - 2
2. The non-videos
3. Why I especially
liked the Miep Gies documentary
This is again about Anne Frank's Diary, that I finished reading
yesterday, for the second time since 1965, since it it is not a thick
book and I am still a fast reader.
On "Anne Frank's
Diary" - 2
I have reread Anne
Frank's Diary, or at least a version of it, namely the one I read
originally in 1965, and have not reread since. Here is some more about
it, continueing yesterday's NL.
As I wrote yesterday, I am now quite a
bit more impressed by it than I was when I first read it, when I was
15, in 1965. The reason to be more impressed is, as I said yesterday,
mainly that she had
been quite extra-ordinary in writing about a quite
extra-ordinary two and a quarter years in the life of someone between
13 and 15, which were also the years she wrote it.
Meanwhile, I have also read about all - certainly: most - that can be
found about her and her associates on Wikipedia. What did that add? Not
very much, though I did find the following three videos quite
And there is this, that
is also interesting:
And also there is this,
from 1998, with Miep Gies about 90, but still quite bright:
Note this last one is
nearly an hour in all. I will explain below why I
especially liked the third one.
There is also this, to show you what the Achterhuis was really like.
This is just 1 min 25 sec but quite clear - except that it is soundless
on my computer:
and finally there is
this, also quite brief:
explaining why I especially liked the Miep Gies video,
here are some interesting non-videos, all three from Wikipedia:
These are all quite
3. Why I especially liked the Miep Gies documentary
Actually, there are several reasons, of which I shall name three:
The first point is
probably not easy to convey to foreigners, but especially her Dutch is
more like that of my parents - more cultivated, more precise - than is
- She reminded me of
- I know the
neighbourhood quite well.
- This seems a good
And the same goes for the second point: I really have spent rather a
lot of time around the Amsterdam Wester Church, and I know that
neighbourhood quite well.
But again I can't really convey this, except by saying that I must have
walked where she is walking in the film probably - literally - at the very least a thousand times, and probably quite
a lot more, having lived not far from there for ten years, and next
having friends who lived on the Keizersgracht 192 for some 3 years.
Finally, the third point is probably a lot clearer, except that this
will also be more difficult for foreigners, or indeed younger Dutchmen,
to comprehend: Mrs. Gies played with her own life, but does not even
mention this, while the whole documentary is quite clear, factual, and
down to earth.
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: