Hannah Pick-Goslar and Anne Frank were childhood friends who were placed in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. Pick-Goslar would survive.
March 19, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Readers know Hannah Pick-Goslar as “Lies” in Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Woman. She lived next door to Anne Frank after both girls’ families fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and moved to Amsterdam. At separate times, Pick-Goslar and Frank were sent to Bergen-Belsen. Frank did not survive the Nazi camp, dying of disease and starvation as a prisoner only a few weeks before the end of the war. Pick-Goslar survived and continues to tell their story.
Pick-Goslar will come to Hobart and William Smith Colleges to share memories of Frank, her own life story, and a message against prejudice at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Her visit is part of the Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series that began on campus in the fall of 1999 and has featured more than 25 speakers of such acclaim as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Barbara Appelbaum, director of the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information at the Jewish Community Federation in Rochester, N.Y., said she is most pleased that Pick-Goslar will be visiting Hobart and William Smith and that she is working to spread the news to area schools to make them aware of the program. “Hannah Pick-Goslar is invited often to speak and participate in programs all over the world. It will be remarkable to have her here,” Appelbaum said.
When the legendary diary of Anne Frank was published in 1947, many of the names were changed to protect the privacy of people. This is how Goslar became Hanneli or Lies. Pick-Goslar will tell stories that are similar to those of many childhood friends, they went to school together and collected pictures of famous actors and actresses. She will also talk about the Holocaust and how the two girls had to communicate through a covered fence during their imprisonment in the Nazi camp.
After Pick-Goslar was liberated from the concentration camp, she moved to Jerusalem with her sister and became a nurse. After she retired in 1992, she began her worldwide speaking tours. She said she realized that she, like other Holocaust survivors, won’t be around to tell their stories forever.
The talk, held in observance of the national Holocaust Remembrance Week, is sponsored through the generous support of Hobart Alumnus John Ehrlich. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. To help ensure seating, teachers or organizations wishing to bring large groups of people are asked to call Mary LeClair in the Office of Communications at 781-3540.
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