62 years ago today on the morning of August 4, 1944, German police burst into an attic hideaway and arrested Anne Frank and her co-occupants of the “secret annex.” I would have missed this but for Antony Hanson’s post the other day on Anne Frank, in which he shares some reflections on her life and on his visit last year to the Anne Frank House. I followed up by reading the excellent Wikipedia entry on Anne and thinking about my college days when we mounted a stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank. I did the scene design, both sets and lighting. I’m tempted to digress into the manner in which I used the sets and lighting design to draw the viewers right into the annex scene, and talk about my favourite “lag special” in the play… but maybe I’ll save all that for another post. Anne’s legacy is one of contrast, of beautiful normal things in the midst of unthinkable unimaginable places.

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