Hollandsche Schouwburg, Jewish processing center, Amsterdam
Jewish experience in the Netherlands. See ://www.kennesaw.edu/holocaustmemorials/amsterdam.shtml.
Another diarist there. The Diary of Anne Frank. See The Netherlands Road Ways.
How diarists differ.
1. Anne Frank's work is more introspective, as she identifies and examines feelings, reactions, notes them in others, watches, responds, despairs. Petr Ginz records, but there are few windows into his heart - for whatever reason, is it like many boys. He gathers data, lays it out, does what needs to be done in a more objective way.
2. Anne's experience during her long period in hiding was remote - she did not experience daily the herdings of Jews into this theatre structure in Amsterdam, for example, where Jews and others were processed before being sent to the camps. Anne Frank would have come here in all likelihood, only after her time in hiding where she wrote her diary, when the family was betrayed and captured.
We are used to Anne Frank's introspection, after years of exposure to her situation, words and the films about it.
Some may want to see the same kind of despair, emotional reaction, in any stress diary. In the Diary of Petr Ginz, we learn that Petr did have emotional reactions - read his sister's introduction.
But a diarist writing about emotion must take time and energy to do that. In the middle of ongoing crises, merely getting by takes the time and energy someone otherwise could expend on introspection. Anne Frank emoted, but she was in a position to indulge: she wrote from a unique viewpoint, in hiding, with nothing to do during her silent and fearful days with the same people, except introspect.
3. Now read another war-child's viewpoint, Petr Ginz, the practical and informative, from out there. Just the difference of boy vs. girl? Maybe. Read and see. Do some research on that.
When it comes to learning about WWII, many already have Amsterdam's girl imprinted in mind and heart. Now travel to Prague for another. And the library. There are more perspectives in many other diaries as well - keep going.
4. Anne Frank in Yad Vashem's records: yadvashem.org
Full Record Details for Frank Anne
|Source||Pages of Testimony|
|Father's First Name||OTTO|
|Mother's First Name||EDITH|
|Mother's Maiden Name||HOLLAENDER|
|Date of Birth||12/06/1929|
|Place of Birth||FRANKFURT MAIN,WIESBADEN,HESSE-NASSAU,GERMANY|
|Permanent residence||AMSTERDAM,NOORDHOLLAND,THE NETHERLANDS|
|Place during the war||AMSTERDAM,NOORDHOLLAND,THE NETHERLANDS|
|Place of Death||BERGEN BELSEN,Camp|
|Date of Death||03/1945|
|Type of material||Page of Testimony|
|Submitter's Last Name||FRANK|
|Submitter's First Name||ELFRIEDE|
|Relationship to victim||FATHER'S WIFE|