Each Tuesday, a single photo capturing a beautiful or interesting image from somewhere I’ve traveled…
Normally I don’t add commentary to my Travel Tuesday photos, but this one is different. I read the Diary of Anne Frank in seventh grade and being about the same age as Anne when she went into hiding I became fascinated by her story.
In 1990, I was fortunate enough to visit her Secret Annex in Amsterdam, when it was still just a little townhouse next to a canal, not the major tourist attraction it is today. Her story has stayed with me all of these years, and has to some extent shaped my world view. I was campaigning for gay rights before it was cool, and I think Anne had a lot to do with that.
In November, 2012, I visited Krakow and took a bus to Auschwitz. I saw so many unbelievable and unforgettable things that day… these suitcases were one of them. Seeing the one marked “M. Frank” made me think of Anne.
You can read more about my visit to Krakow and Auschwitz here.