I was playing around on a genealogy website and I came across an interesting discovery:
Anne Frank is my second great uncle’s uncle’s wife’s sister’s husband’s nephew’s wife’s first cousin once removed’s wife’s great-niece. Now, I wasn’t sure I believed this so I took out paper and pen and drew out the family connection. Here it is:
Vertical lines are drawn between parent and child. Horizontal lines indicate marriages. Lines that go up-over-down again link siblings. I am the little circle in the bottom left corner and Anne Frank is the lowest circle on the right hand side of the page. This “family” represents individuals from seven generations and it crosses over five marriages and six sets of siblings.
What does this mean? Nothing really. The connection is distant to say the least. However, in the big picture it is interesting. My mother and Anne Frank both lived in Amsterdam and both spent part of the war in the same camp at the same time. My mother remembers seeing her (although she wasn’t the famous author of a diary at the time). Part of me wonders how many of these intermediary relatives were also in Westerbork. How many perished? How many survived?