The Girl in the Window: Anne Frank video surfaces
Ha'aretz, the Israeli newspaper, is showing remarkable footage today. The Frank House, in Amsterdam, has realeased this short 20-second video snippet from the life of Anne Frank. The video was shot approximately a year before Frank and her family went into hiding.
From her window, Anne looks down as a wedding couple emerges. She looks back at someone in the room, and we see her smile. Perhaps her mother has asked her what she is seeing, or whether the bride looks pretty. The mundane conversations of an ordinary life.
Looking, for just a moment, at that happy girl, my heart fills. And then, I feel a chill move across my rib cage.
I know what's coming for Anne.
But, on that bright day, with a couple beginning a new life, Anne must have thought that life was grand, the world outside held all sorts of fascinations, and it was good to be alive.