Tribute to Anne Frank, letters from Otto coming to New Mexico

New Mexico

An artist’s tribute to Anne Frank is coming to New Mexico, along with messages he shared with Anne’s father, Otto Frank.

“I got involved with the Anne Frank concept,” sculptor Jim Crane explained while describing his two sculptures dating back to the seventies. “It makes you aware of the plight of people throughout our universe.”

His two artworks are set to be showcased at the Algodones Gallery for an art opening on June 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., but people have been admiring these works for decades.

In fact, Crane was surprised to receive letters from one person in particular who got wind of the sculptures through a National Geographic article decades ago.

“They were from Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father,” he said.

Crane holds onto type-written letters he says are from the only Frank to survive the Holocaust, dated March 1973.

The letters, which Crane has lent to the gallery for the opening, state Frank would often receive letters from people around the world inspired by his daughter’s courage they had read about in The Diary of Anne Frank.

Otto Frank’s letters state he was impressed by Crane’s sculptures spreading Anne Frank’s message and that he would want the work to be seen by as many people as possible.

“[The letters] makes me feel that there is still more to do,” Crane said.

Crane’s original vision was to create a series of five sculptures.

When asked if he would still attempt the last three, he said: “I would jump at the chance.”

To read the letters, click here. 

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