May 28th 2011
Dear Mrs. Mazal Alouf-Mizrahi,
I am Margot and Anne Frank's cousin, her last living
direct relative (see Anne's Diary June 30th 1944). When
I heard, that a book about Margot's Diary would be published,
I was, to be honest very angry.
Another person who tries to make money out of Anne and her family.
Continuously projects concerning Anne appear on the market: New books, musicals, ﬁlms, plays, concert pieces, songs etc. Apart from that, I do not like ﬁction about the story of the Frank family.
But I have read your book now and I must admit, that it has made a deep and very positive impression on me. It is very well written, with great sensibility and love to Margot and the Frank family.
I could feel your compassion with Margot, Anne and all victims of this horrible time. The chapters of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen are heart breaking and your book deserves to be read.
The only critic I must mention is, that you portray
Margot as you would have liked her to be, namely a very
religious girl. This she was not.
The Frank family of the 20th century was not religious at all. Margot, who took more to her mother became liberally religious, due to Edith coming out of a mildly religious family. They often went to the liberal shul, but apart from that, they only observed the Holidays together with the Goslar family. Margot was a reader, but she was not very interested in religion.
I still remember the last time I was together with Margot and Anne before the war. I can still see Margot in the apartment of our Grandmother Alice Frank in Basel. Margot was sitting at the window reading and Anne and I played with my puppet theatre in the back of Alice's living room.
I wish you best success with your book and all my very best wishes to you and your family.
P.S. Do you know our new family history book "Treasures from the attic – the extraordinary story of Anne Frank's family".