” …. The archive, which has an estimated price of $20,000 to $30,000, was assembled by Joseph Schildkraut, the actor who portrayed Frank in the 1955 stage and 1959 film versions of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” It includes letters and documents from 1941 detailing Otto Frank’s efforts to enlist the help of the American retailer Nathan Straus, a friend from his days at Heidelberg University, in the family’s effort to escape Nazi-occupied Holland. It also includes some 50 letters written by Mr. Frank, Mr. Schildkraut and Mr. Schildkraut’s wife, Leonora, as well as annotated vintage photographs, a transcript of a 1939 letter from Otto to Anne, and a monogrammed handkerchief given by Mr. Frank to Mr. Schildkraut, who carried it onstage.
The wartime materials, which Mr. Straus gave to Mr. Schildkraut to help him prepare for his performance, are similar to those discovered in 2007 in a New Jersey warehouse space belonging to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, according to Peter Costanzo, a director of the rare books and photographs division at Doyle. ….”
Link: New York Timer, 14.8.2012