Remembering Anne Frank: Letters to Be Displayed in Frankfurt


Elias: Yes, that could be. For example, she once wrote in great detail of her dream about going ice skating with me. She was dead-set on pair skating with me. In her drawings, she even painted the dress that she wanted to have custom-made to make an appearance with me.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Later, after the war, you actually did become a professional skater. Elias: Yes, as an ice clown for the "Holiday on Ice" revue. In my life, I have lived two lives: that of the actor and clown, and that of the cousin of Anne Frank.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: For decades, you have been traveling around the entire world speaking at schools about the Holocaust, and you have sat for hundreds of interviews about Anne Frank.

Elias: I have had no other choice than to fight against forgetting. The only thing I can do is to speak with youths and people, to warn them about anti-Semitism and far-right extremist tendencies.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: In your view, what is the most important sentence in Anne Frank's diary?

Elias: One of the most beautiful sentences goes: "The time will come when we will be people again and not just Jews." This story originally appeared in German on SPIEGEL ONLINE's history portal,

Interview conducted by Katja Iken

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