Skip to comments.Former Classmate Puts a Face on Anne Frank's Lost Love (Love interest 1st photo)
Posted on 02/26/2008 8:49:45 AM PST by barackyroad
On Jan. 6, 1944, Anne Frank wrote in her diary that her image of him was so vivid she didn't need a photograph to remember him.
Indeed, more than 60 years later, no photograph had been found of Anne Frank's childhood sweetheart, leaving hundreds of readers around the world curious for a glimpse. But now, 81-year-old Earnst Michaelis has identified his dearest childhood friend, Peter Schiff, as the "Petel" or "Peter" from the diary the mysterious boy who stole Anne Frank's heart.
Despite "Anne Frank's Diary" becoming one of the world's most-read journals, selling an estimated 35 million copies, what Peter Schiff might have looked like was an enduring mystery. He met Anne Frank at school in Amsterdam in 1940, and they were inseparable
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(Courtesy of Ernst Michaelis / Anne Frank House)
What a beautiful boy!
Love the screen name. LOL
Thanks. It’s a new Ben and Jerry flavor
Welcome to FR
I saw the thread yesterday, so I know. :)
Didn’t I see an article posted the other day from the NY Times by Doigenesis that essentially pointed out where she lived to the world? If not for them ........
Welcome to FR. Great first post.
Looks like me between 3rd and 6th grade.
What a handsome boy. Did he survive the war?
According to officials at the Anne Frank House, the record books show that Peter Schiff died May 31, 1945 in Auschwitz, four months after the liberation of the camp, and a few months after Anne Frank's own death, of typhus, in Bergen-Belsen. They were respectively 18 and 16 at the time.
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He is just as anyone would have imagined.
how cute he is... how sad... this brings tears to my eyes...
#10 on the list probably wouldn’t have flown as a screen name...
Very interesting story, with some closure.
I bet it would.
I can’t read stories like this.
I don’t get sad. I am so F@cking mad at Germans and Austrians (no not all of them, but, yeah, probably most of them) and anti-semites in general that I am actually shaking pissed.
I need to go find a skin head and beat the tar out of him on principle.
He would have stole my heart also.
Sorry, I don’t believe it.
I’ve been in enough bars in Germany as a US serviceman (and being a big blue-eyed Aryan myself)to know that the anti-semetism is deep and wide.
What a cutie. Anne had good taste. How sad they and so many died so horribly.
Primarily Schwetzingen in 2000 and various locals before that.
Maybe you hang out in the wrong kind of bars. But give some Germans some credit for risking their necks and giving their lives in opposing Hitler. From Dietrich Bonhoffer to the (”jew-looking”) Field Marshal von Manstein there were Germans who repudiated Hitler and his quack racial views.
Bull hockey! Nazi crematory ashes were in big demand for fertilizing home gardens. The greatest evil of our day is trying to pretend evil doesn’t exist.
Jewish Ping :)
What a cutie!
Awww he was precious. How sad that he did live to be free. The Germans were so cruel and heartless to children.
Welcome to FR, and thanks for posting this.
Do you have a source for this?
He really is.
I would like to believe that, but that’s just a nice tale we told ourselves so we could align with the Germans against Stalin.
They knew; they participated (as did many of the French elite and others).
Yes, there are notable exceptions -— the freemasons, many Roman Catholics, and many other groups were extremely helpful to Jews fleeing Germany.
I don’t know about the fertilizer, but families all over Germany who were getting bombed/having shortages made up for it with excellent furniture and furnishings “liberated” from Jewish families (and others) all over Europe.
What a handsome boy.
Thanks Ultra Sonic 007. Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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I read it in a history of the war, years ago, and do not remember where.
It took years for Germany to recover from the war. Even in the early ‘70s there were bomb and shell damaged buildings. The white marbled buildings from the Third Reich era were landmarks. We returned years later and saw familiar buildings with the marble facades removed, and every evidence of shell damage covered up. Along with cosmetic changes, the war generation has disapeared or died off. With that the feel of the country has changed. Germany has lost that feeling of the war having just ended...
We had worked along side with some of that generation, and worked in Germany in an atmosphere of the country still getting back on it’s feet.
No thinking person could be there without wanting to understand how these things came to be, without seeing what the war had done to the German soul. We knew former Nazi’s trying to hide their past. (Nazi by association) Now their children were coming of age and asking questions. And the children became adults trying to understand what their parents had done. Most people refused to talk about the war, common to hear “We didn’t know, etc.”, and sometimes heart wrenching stories of seeing terrible things, but being helpless.
Their blood, the Nazi’s and their victims, cries out from the ground, “Look at what we have done! Do not go where we have gone!”
When we try to clean up history because the truth is so ugly, we silence those voices.
Is this the boy whose mentions were deleted from her diary by her father, who found the entries embarrassing?
How cute. We visited Anne Frank house in 1980. It was a very moving experience. I do not know HOW they managed to live there so long, all those people plus a cat. It had to be so difficult. Such an ugly mark on Human History... the Nazis and Hitler.