Otto Frank and Nathan Straus



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The Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center Library and archives invite you to:

A Treasure Trove of Letters

Recently Discovered Correspondence Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:00pm

 

An afternoon with Joan Adler, Executive Director of the Straus Historical Society

"In 1959 a powerful movie opened in New York City. It was The Diary of Anne Frank.  I remember seeing it with a group of my friends, all of us teenagers. As Anne and her family were led away from their hiding place in the attic at Prinsengracht 263, I sobbed uncontrollably. I thought, "Why didn't they leave Amsterdam when they had the chance? Why didn't they get out?" These questions haunted Joan Adler for fifty years. 

As Historian for the Lazarus Straus family, Adler would learn that Nathan Straus, Jr. and Otto Frank were college roommates and lifelong friends.  The recent discovery of letters between the two men would reveal how desperately Otto Frank tried to save his family and how hard U. S. Housing Administrator Nathan Straus, Jr. tried to help.

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