Lecture: Hidden Like Anne Frank:
Talking to Anne Frank’s contemporaries

ABC Amsterdam, ABC Treehouse - Saturday, May 31st 2014

Join us for a lecture on Saturday May 31st at the ABC Treehouse with authors Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis about their cross-media project and book Hidden Like Anne Frank: Talking to Anne Frank’s contemporaries.

14:00 Lecture ABC Treehouse.
Reserve your spot.

15.30 Book Signing at the ABC store.

“Terrifying, haunting and powerful.” - Kirkus starred review

In 2010, Trouw, the Dutch former Resistance newspaper, published a number of stories about Jewish children who, like Anne Frank, had gone into hiding, but who, unlike her, had survived the war. These survivors have lived to tell their own stories of going into hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Filmmaker Marcel Prins, journalist Peter Henk Steenhuis and animator Marcel van der Drift developed the survivors’ stories into a cross-media project, Andere Achterhuizen, consisting of an interactive website, with animated films and a book. Both the website and the book received excellent reviews.

The English translation of the book, Hidden Like Anne Frank, is now published by Arthur A. Levine and translated by award-winning translator Laura Watkinson.

"These first-person stories of heroism and inhumanity explore the true scope of Holocaust atrocities, while also serving as a testament to resilience." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Also in translation — from Dutch, this time — is “Hidden Like Anne Frank: Fourteen True Stories of Survival,” by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis, in which Holocaust survivors narrate their wartime experiences with straightforward and often heartbreaking honesty. The first account belongs to Prins’s mother, who inspired the collection. All these hidden children survived the war, but not all their families did, and there’s a tremendous range of emotion expressed here. Like Anne Frank’s, these few voices stand out and speak for the millions whose stories remain untold. Laura Watkinson’s nuanced translation makes each storyteller’s voice distinct, and the text is enhanced by photographs. My favorite is the picture of a wedding group taken on the day the war ended in Europe, showing all the people who had hidden in a single household, as well as the couple who hid them; the two resistance workers who helped; and the infant daughter of the bridal pair, who met while in hiding. These accessible stories, full of hard truths, are touching, thrilling and agonizing by turns. Be warned: Parents may find “Hidden” more painful to read than children will." - The New York Times

About the authors:
Marcel Prins is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cameraman. He lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Peter Henk Steenhuis is a journalist and the philosophy editor for the TROUW daily newspaper in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

A special ebook/app in Dutch will be available from 3 May with newspaper Trouw.

ABC Book:

Hidden Like Anne Frank: Fourteen True Stories of Survival
by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis
Arthur A. Levine Books, US Edition (Hardcover)
ISBN 9780545543620, € 19.99

Fourteen unforgettable true stories of children hidden away during World War II
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Hidden Like Anne Frank by Marcel Prins


For further information, please contact:
Marcel Prins
Peter Henk Steenhuis

Contact ABC:
Rick Lightstone

ABC Amsterdam: Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam
ABC Treehouse: Voetboogstraat 11, 1012 XK Amsterdam

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