Anne Frank’s Toys to Be Put on Display

Marbles belonging to Anne Frank, the famous Jewish girl who recording details of her family’s, as well as others, experiences while hiding from the Nazis during World War II, will be put on display for the first time since their discovery just over a year ago.

Two of her toys, a tea set and a book, which were discovered a long with the marbles, are already on display in the Anne Frank House Museum. Anne Frank had given them to a friend for safe keeping before she went into hiding. After the war, her friend attempted to give them back to Otto Frank, Anne’s father and the only one who went into hiding with Anne to survive the Holocaust, but he told her to keep them. Anne’s friend did, and eventually forgot about them. They were rediscovered in her attic when she began packing to move. The marbles will be displayed in Rotterdam.

“For children during that time, marbles were a treasure. They worked very hard to win them,” Teresien da Silva reported to CNN. She is the head of collections at the Anne Frank House Museum. They will be displayed in the exhibit called The Second World War in 100 Objects.

North Korea May Cancel the Reunions of Countless Divided Families

North Korea is threatening to cancel the planned family reunions due to South Korea’s refusal to cancel the annual drills with the U.S., which is scheduled during the end of the month, about the same time the family reunions are scheduled. A statement given by the South Korean unification ministry on February 5th describes it as “The reunions of about 100 people from each country are scheduled to take place between February 20 and 25. . . following face-to-face talks between the two sides”.

North Korea claims their wariness to continue with the reunion is due to their belief that South Korea’s participation in the drills is a precursor to a supposed invasion. The reunion holds great importance with many Koreans, who have been separated from their families since the Korean War, which took place between June 1950 and July 1953. Several reunions have been scheduled over the past several decades, however the majority of them have been cancelled for various reasons. The importance of the reunion to go on is also political.

“If such agreements get turned around repeatedly, it cannot move forward. . . We’ve seen these in the past several decades. To expand the trust, I want to say that the agreement must be kept,” Rhoo Kihl-jae, the South Korean Unification Minister, stated to reporters. If the planned reunions do take place, they will be the first to happen since 2010.

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