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A young Private David Ben-Gurion, volunteer in the Jewish Legion, 1918. Ben-Gurion would go on the become Israel’s first Prime Minister.
Source: [Library of Congress reproduction no. LC-DIG-ppmsca-35753]
This month marked the anniversary of the death of Anne Frank. She would have been 84 years old had she lived to today. Looking for a way to mark this tragic event, I came upon a site where photographs of the Frank family are displayed. These images of intimate family life brought home for me the terrible tragedy Otto Frank faced, and very much how the mind cannot fathom the atrocities and tragedies that consumed Europe and European Jewry during WWII and the Holocaust.
At the site – The Anne Frank Fonds, Founded by Otto Frank – in addition the the family album, there is a section entitled “Anne’s World,” which goes into detail about her desire to be a writer or journalist, and where two of her short stories are available. They are, impressively, about death and loss, and the importance of charity.
You can also see clips of a young Natalie Portman playing Anne on Broadway.
In addition to providing information about the Frank family and Anne’s Diary, the site serves to provide information about the charitable activities of the foundation, which include world-wide educational projects, employment projects, and a medical fund for the “Righteous Among the Nations.” The Fund also works against any defamation of Anne, her diary, and her father, Otto Frank.
May her memory and wisdom live on.
Images Courtesy of the Anne Frank Fonds, Basel, Switzerland.
Be prepared to take some time and stroll through these nostalgia-inducing photos at PhotosILike. I was lucky enough to receive one of the photos from this collection in an e-mail today and decided to look-up where it had been pulled from. The earliest one featured there is from 1862 and they continue through 1924.
The clarity of the images is particularly impressive, which made me dig a bit deeper. The photos were aggregated from the site Shorpy.com. This vintage photography blog digitally enhances photographs acquired from a variety of sources, including the Library of Congress and National Archives. Most of the photographs on the website date to the early twentieth century. I highly recommend visiting their site to enjoy the photographs in their full-size glory.
If you have a moment, its worth scrolling down and taking note of some of the comments on the PhotosILike post as well. Many of them are on whether our situation environmentally and socially has improved over the last century, or if it is worse, and in what ways. As with most things in life, I think there has been a give and take , though I’ll be happy to stay here and keep my voting rights and penicillin.
– Photos Courtesy of: Shorpy.com.