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Ronald Wilfred Jansen

Photographer, writer, publicist

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Anne Frank: Silent Witnesses Reminders of a Jewish Girl's Life by Ronald Wilfred Jansen, Dutch Direct Translation Services

Ronald Wilfred Jansen visited Anne Frank’s home addresses in Frankfurt am Main, Aachen and Amsterdam; her hiding place the Secret Annex; and the Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps where Anne Frank was imprisoned. His book describes her history and the objects that today still remind us of the environment in which she lived. His motivation for writing this book is that it was one of the last opportunities  ...See more >


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"Jansen’s (Anne Frank: 80 Years, 2011) biography centers on Frank and her family, but it differs from many other Frank bios in its concern with what Jansen calls “silent witnesses”—chiefly, the physical spaces in which Frank lived."

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Anne Frank 80 Years, 2015

Clarion , 2014

NBD BIBLION, 2014

NBD BIBLION, 2014

ANNE FRANK, 2014

Hometown Netherlands

Favorite author Godfried Bomans

Favorite book Erik of Het klein insectenboek

Day job Photographer, writer, publicist

Favorite line from a book Better a bad day in nature than a good day at the office.

Unexpected skill or talent perseverance, versatile

Passion in life nature photography


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-9490482084
Page count: 294pp

An exploration of the places and people that shaped Holocaust victim Anne Frank.

Jansen’s (Anne Frank: 80 Years, 2011) biography centers on Frank and her family, but it differs from many other Frank bios in its concern with what Jansen calls “silent witnesses”—chiefly, the physical spaces in which Frank lived. Jansen begins his narrative with brief, sometimes-simplistic personal anecdotes about his own introduction to the Holocaust (“Her murder just because she was Jewish leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth. Her life was nipped in the bud”). He then discusses Germany’s past treatment of Jews: Napoleon, he writes, “established equal rights for Jews in Germany” in 1806, but after World War I, Jews had become scapegoats for Germany’s defeat. Jansen then shifts his focus to the Frank family, and specifically their homes before they went into hiding, which he tracked down and visited himself. At a house in Frankfurt where they lived from 1931 to 1933, for example, he compares past photos to what’s currently there (“There is more overgrowth at the back of the house now”). He visits the grave of Rosa Hollander, Frank’s beloved grandmother, and determines that it “still looks well taken care of…there are hardly any traces of decay.” The author then visits the Camp Westerbork detention camp and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Throughout, the details are exhaustive, thoroughly researched and footnoted. However, although the travels are interesting, it’s often missing an emotional component. The book becomes so concerned with place descriptions that it sometimes seems as if the Frank family is beside the point; the book could just as well be a pre- and postwar urban architectural survey. Jansen writes of his intent to “record Anne’s life, not by means of a biography or a book containing old photographs.” Ultimately, however, that’s just what he’s produced.

A by-the-book study of Anne Frank’s life that doesn’t quite capture a new side to her story.



ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

ANNE FRANK 80 JAAR FOTOGRAFISCHE IMPRESSIES (Unpublished)
Photo book, Biography

Ik wil nog voortleven ook na mijn dood! (Anne Frank, Dagboek, 25 maart 1944) ANNE FRANK 80 JAAR FOTOGRAFISCHE IMPRESSIES Een herdenkingstocht in actuele beelden Frankfurt am Main, Aken, Amsterdam, Kamp Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen
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ANNE FRANK A MEMORIAL TOUR IN CURRENT IMAGES (Unpublished)
Photo book, Biography,

I WANT TO GO ON LIVING EVEN AFTER MY DEATH ! (ANNE FRANK, DIARY, MARCH 25, 1944) ANNE FRANK 80 YEARS PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONS A MEMORIAL TOUR IN CURRENT IMAGES FRANKFURT AM MAIN, AACHEN, AMSTERDAM, CAMP WESTERBORK, AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, BERGEN-BELSEN
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ANNE FRANK STILLE GETUIGEN [KINDLE EDITION] (Unpublished)
Biography, travelogue

Ronald Wilfred Jansen bezocht Anne Franks woonadressen in Frankfurt am Main, Aken en Amsterdam, haar onderduikadres Het Achterhuis en de concentratiekampen Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau en Bergen-Belsen waar Anne Frank gevangen heeft gezeten. Zijn boek beschrijft haar geschiedenis en wat er tegenwoordig nog herinnert aan haar leefomgeving. Dit boek is een uitgebreidere versie van zijn eerder verschenen boek ‘In de voetsporen van Anne Frank’ (ISBN 9789081423847). Een drijfveer om dit boek te schrijven is dat het een van de laatste mogelijkheden voor hem is geweest om met mensen in contact te komen die Anne hebben gekend; deze mensen wisten enkele nieuwe feiten over haar en haar ambiance te vertellen. Ook andere tijdgenoten van Anne Frank gaven boeiende informatie over de omgeving waarin zij leefde. Door in haar voetsporen te treden, kreeg hij een completer beeld van Anne Frank en haar leefomgeving.
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ANNE FRANK: A MEMORIAL TOUR IN CURRENT IMAGES FRANKFURT AM MAIN, AACHEN, AMSTERDAM, CAMP WESTERBORK, AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, BERGEN- (Unpublished)
Photo book, Biography

WWW.RWJ-PUBLISHING.COM R.W. Jansen, Author/Photographer, The Netherlands I visited The Annex (Amsterdam, Prinsengracht 263) for the first time in 2001. The Annex creates a deep impression on many people, and I was no exception: I could feel the tensions of the persons in hiding, and I realised that Anne had become caught in the Nazis web; she had been torn away from her everyday world. Her life was broken before it could blossem. Anne was interested in culture, religion and science, and had a keen interest in society at large, being very concerned about everybody’s experienced ups and downs — and that was why I thought it was so dismal that she had been killed. And, sadly, this was for one reason only: because she was a jew. The need in me arose to portray the life of Anne Frank. Not by means of a biography or a book with old pictures, many of which have been published already before. Instead, I wanted to discover whether there are still remnants of her past life and surroundings in the present. In 2008-2011 I made a photoreport about the residences of Anne Frank (1929-1945). I visited her home addresses in Frankfurt am Main, Aachen, the Merwede Square in Amsterdam, her place of hiding — the Annex in Amsterdam — and the concentration camps of Westerbork —Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen — where she was kept imprisoned. I hope that my picture book inspires the reader and watcher to delve deeper into the history of the Holocaust and Anne Frank, and that it contributes to the mutual tolerance and understanding between people and cultures. I also hope that my picture book contributes to the maintenance of the cultural heritage that still reminds us of Anne Frank.
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ANNE FRANK: A MEMORIAL TOUR IN CURRENT IMAGES [KINDLE EDITION] (Unpublished)
Photo book, Biography

I WANT TO GO ON LIVING EVEN AFTER MY DEATH ! (ANNE FRANK, DIARY, MARCH 25, 1944) ANNE FRANK 80 YEARS PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONS A MEMORIAL TOUR IN CURRENT IMAGES FRANKFURT AM MAIN, AACHEN, AMSTERDAM, CAMP WESTERBORK, AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, BERGEN-BELSEN
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ANNE FRANK: ANNE FRANK 80 YEARS PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONS A MEMORIAL TOUR IN CURRENT IMAGES FRANKFURT AM MAIN, AACHEN, AMSTERDAM,
Photo book, Biography

Anne Frank is world famous. Millions of people from all over the world have read her diary. The Anne Frank Foundation promotes Anne Frank and her mental legacy. The travelling exhibition 'Anne Frank -- A History for Today' is by far the most visited Dutch exhibition in the world. My interest in the persecution of the Jews in general -- and that of Anne Frank in particular -- has gradually developed. In 1994-1996, I took part in volunteer projects in the former concentration camps -- Sachsenhausen and Dachau -- in Germany. My desire was to enter into communication with young people from all kinds of countries; I was about 30 years old at the time. Those people surrounding me were in their early twenties but, then again, you're never too old to learn. We had discussions about Nazism and the dangers of neo-Nazis, and listened with utter dismay to the stories of former concentration camp prisoners and resistance fighters. There were also discussions led by historics in the presence of local residents. Fortunately, some had the courage to open this black page from their German history; however, many Germans did not want to face their pasts. In addition, we also did excavation work and many other interesting activities. Ultimately, each of these activities served to cultivate mutual understanding but also enabled us to enjoy each other's company. During these activities, I was deeply afflicted by the contrast between the present silence in the former concentration camps and the past suffering of the prisoners who had been held captive here during the war. What afflicted me more than anything, however, was the cruelty of the Nazi regime -- and the extent of that cruelty. In particular, I found one of the most shocking things as the sight of lampshades made from human skin; understandably, a number of the younger participants did not handle this sight too well. In 2001, I visited the Annex for the first time. The Annex leaves a deep impression on many people, and I was no exception. I could feel the tensions of the persons in hiding, and I realised that Anne had become caught in the Nazis' web: she had been torn away from her everyday world; her life was broken before it could blossom. Anne was interested in culture, religion and science, and she had a keen interest in society at large, being very concerned about everybody's ups and downs, and trials of life; that was why I thought it was so dismal that she had been killed -- and only owing to the fact that she was a Jew. The need in me arose to portray the life of Anne Frank -- not by means of a biography or a book with old pictures -- many of which have been published many times before -- but in a different light. Ultimately, I wanted to discover whether there are still remnants of her past life and surroundings lingering in the present. As a historic and photographer, I enjoy combining history and photography. As such, I firstly immersed myself in literature about, and by, Anne Frank. I considered this to be absolutely fundamental so that I could purposively take current pictures of her surroundings. In 2008-2009, I made a photo-report about the residences of Anne Frank (1929-1945). I visited her home addresses in Frankfurt am Main, Aachen, the Merwedeplein in Amsterdam, her place of hiding in the Annex in Amsterdam, and the concentration camps of Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen, where she was imprisoned. I have provided the pictures of short notes explaining the connection with Anne Frank; my recent pictures are an important addition to the many old pictures of Anne Frank. The emptiness left behind by Anne Frank becomes evident when I place a recent picture next to an old picture which depicts her, taken from the same angle. When making the pictures, I took special notice of interesting details and the historical character of the subject; after all, the pictures are the result of personal experiences, which were often quite intense. My pictures show that the traces of her residences are still visible in the (rural) landscape. You can map out your own route along the places which are reminiscent of Anne Frank. I got permission for visiting and taking pictures of the (inside) locations from the organisations concerned. My visits to those locations were carried out respectfully whilst actively taking into consideration the applicable rules of the locations. I hope that my picture book inspires the reader and viewer to delve deeper into the history of the Holocaust and Anne Frank, and that it contributes to the mutual tolerance and understanding between people and cultures. I also hope that my picture book contributes to the maintenance of the cultural heritage that still reminds us of Anne Frank.

Published:
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1466281936
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ANNE FRANK: SILENT WITNESSES. REMINDERS OF A JEWISH GIRL'S LIFE [KINDLE EDITION]
Biography, travelogue

Ronald Wilfred Jansen visited Anne Frank’s home addresses in Frankfurt am Main, Aachen and Amsterdam; her hiding place the Secret Annex; and the Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps where Anne Frank was imprisoned. His book describes her history and the objects that today still remind us of the environment in which she lived. This book is an extended version of his previous work ‘Following the Footsteps of Anne Frank’ (ISBN 9789081423847). His motivation for writing this book is that it was one of the last opportunities he would have to contact the people who knew Anne; these people revealed some new facts about her and her world. Other contemporaries of Anne Frank also contributed fascinating information about her surroundings. By tracing her footsteps, he gained a more complete picture of Anne Frank and her environment.

Published:
ISBN: ASIN: B00KJKMZ0E
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ANNE FRANK: STILLE GETUIGEN. HERINNERINGEN AAN HET LEVEN VAN EEN JOODS MEISJE. (DUTCH EDITION)

Ronald Wilfred Jansen bezocht Anne Franks woonadressen in Frankfurt am Main, Aken en Amsterdam, haar onderduikadres Het Achterhuis en de concentratiekampen Westerbork, Auschwitz-Birkenau en Bergen-Belsen waar Anne Frank gevangen heeft gezeten. Zijn boek beschrijft haar geschiedenis en wat er tegenwoordig nog herinnert aan haar leefomgeving. Dit boek is een uitgebreidere versie van zijn eerder verschenen boek ?In de voetsporen van Anne Frank? (ISBN 9789081423847). Een drijfveer om dit boek te schrijven is dat het een van de laatste mogelijkheden voor hem is geweest om met mensen in contact te komen die Anne hebben gekend; deze mensen wisten enkele nieuwe feiten over haar en haar ambiance te vertellen. Ook andere tijdgenoten van Anne Frank gaven boeiende informatie over de omgeving waarin zij leefde. Door in haar voetsporen te treden, kreeg hij een completer beeld van Anne Frank en haar leefomgeving.

Published:
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1478295884
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