Victor Kugler : The Man Who Hid Anne Frank

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Of all the personalities associated with Anne Frank, the most important figure, without whom Anne Frank would never have been able to write her diary, is perhaps the least known. He is Victor Kugler, the Mr. Kraler of the diary. The principal business partner of Otto Frank, Victor Kugler assumed managerial control of the Franks' Amsterdam spice-importing business when Nazi persecution forced the Frank family into hiding. It was Victor Kugler who kept the business going and obtained food rations under what was the...

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Of all the personalities associated with Anne Frank, the most important figure, without whom Anne Frank would never have been able to write her diary, is perhaps the least known. He is Victor Kugler, the Mr. Kraler of the diary. The principal business partner of Otto Frank, Victor Kugler assumed managerial control of the Franks' Amsterdam spice-importing business when Nazi persecution forced the Frank family into hiding. It was Victor Kugler who kept the business going and obtained food rations under what was the harshest German wartime occupation in all of Western Europe. Without Victor Kugler, Anne Frank and her family would have starved to death a month after going into hiding.

For this heroism, Victor Kugler himself was arrested and sent to a series of German labor camps in Holland where he survived by his wits and finally escaped a few weeks before the end of the war. Several years after the end of the war, when the Dutch spice business collapsed following the Indonesian revolution that nationalized Dutch holdings, Victor Kugler emigrated to Toronto, Canada.

There, he led a quiet life where nobody knew who he was and what he had done during the war. Only twenty years later he began to reveal his story.

The modern-day saga of this Righteous Gentile, who was honored as such at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, is told here in semi-documentary style, largely in his own words as told to Torontonian Eda Shapiro, herself of Eastern European Jewish background; and by many others who knew him, as compiled by well-known Toronto writer-journalist Rick Kardonne.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789652294104
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Eda Shapiro Meets Victor Kugler 9

Profile of Victor Kugler 14

Chapter 2 Holland - A Historical Background 17

The Prewar Dutch Jewish Community 18

Holland, Denmark, Finland and the UK - The Fundamental Difference 19

The Rise of Nazism in Prewar Holland and the Dutch Reaction 21

The German Conquest of Holland 23

Chapter 3 Life before the Secret Annex 25

The Early Life of Victor Kugler 25

A Brief Summary of the Rise of German Nazism 31

The Early Life of Otto Frank 31

Anne Frank Prior to the Secret Annex 34

The Evian Conference 35

Holland before 1940 35

Holland under German Rule 36

Reaction by Otto Frank 37

Chapter 4 The Secret Annex 39

The Franks' Lifeline 44

The Security Role of Victor Kugler 47

Betrayal 48

Chapter 5 Arrest, Incarceration and Deportation 51

The Secret Annex Exposed 53

Mitgefangen, Mitgehangen 54

An Old Acquaintance 56

The Moment of Truth 58

Chapter 6 Concentration Camp Prisoner 61

Amersfoort 62

Zwolle 68

Wageningen 71

Escape 77

Chapter 7 Liberation and Revelation 79

The Shattered Remnant 79

The Diary Survives 81

Reticence 83

Chapter 8 Relocation to Canada 87

The Play 88

Retirement 92

Oskar Morawetz's From the Diary of Anne Frank 94

New Friends and Connections 97

Reaching Out in the Community 98

Chapter 9 Honors - Yad Vashem 101

Righteous among the Nations 102

Honors in Toronto 106

Awarded by the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews 106

The CBC-TV Documentary Film 109

"To Be Awarded Together with Ken Taylor" 109

Chapter 10 Conclusion 113

Farewell to a Hero 113

The Life of Lucy Kugler Just before and after Victor's Death 114

The Kuglers' Final Resting Place 116

Epilogue 117

Appendix 1 Chronologies 121

Appendix 2 A Letter of Tribute by Canada's Jewish War Veterans Commander, Sam Pasternak 126

Appendix 3 World War II - Comments by Irving Naftolin 130

Appendix 4 Letter from W. Gunther Plaut 132

About the Compiling Editor 134

Selected Bibliography 136

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