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, einestages.de.
Interview conducted by Katja Iken