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Remember the first time you read The Diary of Anne Frank? Revisit the emotions, trials, tribulations and ultimate triumphs through the eyes of:

The Silent Sister

Anne Frank: the symbol of the Holocaust. Yet six million voices reverberate in utter silence. Margot Frank, unbeknownst to many, kept a diary in hiding too. The Silent Sister is Margot's view point and her personal journey. Margot lets us into her world, her take on the War, the Annexe, Peter and her secret love, Mordechai, and more. Margot's experiences are juxtaposed with Anne's in an original and ultimately triumphant new voice: a voice that has been waiting silently to emerge from the ashes of the Shoah. Margot Frank can now join her lovely sister in the collective testimony of the inexorable human spirit forced to submit to the horrors of the Holocaust, and despite it all, to somehow love, to somehow remain humane and free.
Here is an exciting correspondence between Mr. Bernhard "Buddy" Elias who is Anne Frank's first cousin, as well as her last living direct relative and myself. For more information on Mr. Elias, click here.
- Mazal Alouf-Mizrahi

BUDDY ELIAS
Switzerland


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.

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Buddy Elias

P.S. Do you know our new family history book "Treasures from the attic – the extraordinary story of Anne Frank's family".

June 21, 2011

Dear Mr. Buddy Elias,

     It gives me great pleasure and honor to send you this letter. I read a great deal about you, and I am very glad you sent me your letter. I don't blame you for your initial reaction upon hearing of the publication of The Silent Sister. One of my concerns was the public's possible negative reaction to trying to profit from Anne Frank's fame. However, I wrote the book with true intentions—to proclaim to the world that a lost soul should be honored. I have always loved Anne and deeply respect the Frank family. So far, my book has not garnered a great deal, not in profitability and certainly not in renown. I have tried to imagine what it would have been like for Margot to live through such unimaginably trying times. The hardest part of the process, of course, was writing the last sections. I cried. I also had a very hard time saying 'goodbye' to my imagining and my personal and deep relationship with Margot's consciousness. I have no doubt she was even more profoundly beautiful than I could have ever given her credit for.

     We will never truly know what went in the hearts of those who perished. However, it does seem possible that Margot could have developed an affinity for religion—not the kind of practicing orthodoxy, but of the kind that emanates from the heart. Anne toward the end of her diary speaks more about God and the place of the Jew in world history. She also mentions that Margot read the Bible. I found this to be evidence of some interest in Biblical history, and tried to convey Margot's possible interest in soulfulness. I pray I did her justice.

     Thank you for your warm wishes. I pray I may be able to fulfill some of my dreams—which include opening a maternity hospital and name it "The Margot Frank Maternity Ward". I believe that would further honor her memory.

     Thank you for your best wishes. I hope and pray you shall live a prosperous and healthy life,

Best wishes,

Mazal Alouf-Mizrahi

BUDDY ELIAS
Switzerland

7.20.2011


Dear Mrs. Alouf-Mizrahi,

Thank you very much for your kind letter. I absolutely realize that you wrote this book with love to Margot and in this respect I am glad you wrote it.
Otto always said: "The whole world talks about Amie and nobody about Margot". He loved Margot just the same as Anne. And rightly so. Margot was a lovely highly intelligent girl. I remember her as a girl I admired when I was a boy. She was a reader and I cannot remember ever having played with her. Only with Anne.
I am sure she read the bible, but her schooling was more important to her. You surely did more than give justice to her. You honored her very kindly. Otto would have been very happy with your book. On second thought I am too.

Your idea of a maternity hospital in Margots name moves me very very much. How kind of you! I hope you will succeed.
My "ANNE FRANK-FONDS" is active in charitable donations in the ideals of Otto and Anne. Mainly projects connected to peace, unification of mankind and help for children. If you need funding for your project - although I cannot promise anything, we might be able to help a bit. It cannot be very much, but the name of the Fonds might open other doors for you. Please let us know if your project can be realized.

My wife and I will read out of our family history book ("Treasures from the attic-the extraordinary story of Anne Frank's family") November 1st at the 92Y club in New York. Also we will most likely not have much time as quite a few relatives and friends will be there, we would nevertheless be happy to meet you there if you have the time.

With my very best regards, also from my wife

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Buddy Elias



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