Heidi wrote on 27th August 2003:
I recently came across an Anne Frank ceramic in my mother's belongings. Can anyone tell me about it?
Stephen from Hazle Ceramics replied:
The Anne Frank ceramic is a very special piece. When Hazle first started the business over 17 years ago, she visited the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and was very moved by what she saw there. She took photos of the building and modelled it as the first practice piece for the production of "A Nation of Shopkeepers" At that time the piece was not released. In 1995, to commemorate the 50th Annversary of the end of the war, Hazle produced a limited number of the Anne Frank piece for the Collectors' Club only. Each piece sold helped us donate money to the "Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture" in London. The ceramic and its story are featured in Issue 3 of High Street News. (The text is reproduced below.)
From Marilyn: A photo of 263 Prinsengracht taken by Martyn visiting with his family in April 2008. Otto Frank ran his fruit pectin business Opekta at the front of this canal house. It opened as a museum in 1960 and the original frontage was restored later. Expanded in 1971 and 1999, steps on the right lead to the museum today. The cafe left helped the campaign to save the sick horse chestnut tree Anne could see. Sadly it fell down in high winds on 23rd August 2010.
Thanks so much for the information on the Anne Frank piece. I have fallen in love with my mother's collection of Hazles! They are all so beautiful (and addicting) that I have started my own collection... darn it!
This photo is courtesy of annefranktree.com where you can place a virtual leaf to say Anne Frank has inspired you. The tree is mentioned three times in The Diary of a Young Girl. On 23 February 1944 Anne wrote:
"Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs, from my favorite spot on the floor I look up to the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy."
|"This is a photo as I would wish myself to look all the time. Then I would maybe have a chance to come to Hollywood."|
The Museum still has the pictures of people she cut out of magazines, such as movie stars. In the saddest way imaginable Anne did eventually "come to Hollywood". This quote written at 14 years moves me to tears:
"There is a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder and kill. And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be raged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and destroyed, only to start all over again!"
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