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Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?
October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified.
Presenter Mary Dingee Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices. Why did some people ignore the situation, while others felt compelled to resist? What can we learn from them as we face the humanitarian crises of our own time?
After living in Amsterdam’s former Jewish Quarter, Mary was gripped by the stories of the Holocaust and resistance in the Netherlands. She devoted thirteen years to researching and writing An Address in Amsterdam, an acclaimed novel about a young Jewish woman who joins the resistance. It was a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month, and won the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. As a writer and facilitator, Mary speaks and leads conversations to promote a fairer, more peaceful world. She earned an MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2005, and She Writes Press published her novel in 2016.
A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library, this event is free and open to all.