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No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story

  • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts 205 Main Street East Menomonie, WI, 54751 United States (map)

Post-film discussion by special guests: Eva Schloss- Holocaust Survivor and Anne Frank's Stepsister and Paula Fouce- Filmmaker
Public Event Sponsored by A.I.M.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 13TH, 7-9 p.m. Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) will bring a truly historic event to the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. The Untold Chapter of the Anne Frank Story.” In an extremely rare occurrence, the Director of the film Paula Fouce (Las Vegas, NV) will join us, along with 88-year-old Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank’s stepsister Eva Schloss (London, UK) for a post-film Q&A discussion.

The story of Anne Frank has been known for 70 years, but recently discovered letters written by Anne’s father now reveal the untold story of how Otto Frank tried desperately to save his family. The documentary “No Asylum” tells the story of Anne Frank’s father’s attempts to secure American visas for his family, turning at last to the U.S. as their last hope for refuge. 73 documents bring the Franks’ struggle into dramatic focus, as Otto’s letters illustrate the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees.

“I am forced to look out for emigration and as far as I can see U.S.A. is the only country we could go to,” he informed Straus. “Perhaps you remember that we have two girls. It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance.” – Otto Frank

In the film, Anne’s only surviving family members relate the emotional story of her family’s frantic search for sanctuary. Eva Schloss, Anne’s stepsister, recounts personal stories. More than any other Holocaust survivor, her life parallels Anne’s. Eva’s family fled to Amsterdam when the Nazis invaded in 1938. It was there she befriended a girl who would become the most well-known voice of the Holocaust, Anne Frank. The two girls were the same age, 11. Both families went into hiding separately for nearly two years and were discovered and sent to concentration camps at the age of 15. Eva talks about the horrors of her journey over 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz.

The age of survivors is drawing to a close. To meet a Holocaust survivor in person is to touch history. It is difficult to describe the feeling of awe a person experiences when hearing history from one who lived it. I am certain you will leave inspired and more appreciative of your own life. Please do not miss this historic opportunity.


Note: The film is 70 minutes and is for mature audiences. Eva’s book “Eva’s Story” will be available to purchase at the event; Eva may be present for book signing.