Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Melancholy marbles

When 83-year-old Toosje Kupers was moving last year, she found some toys she had kept for decades in a cupboard. The book, tea set, and collection of marbles (IMAGE ABOVE) had belonged to her little playmate on the Merwedeplein in Amsterdam and were left in Toosje's care when the girl's family announced they were leaving for Switzerland. She remembers the concern of her childhood friend when she turned them over: "'I'm worried about my marbles, because I'm scared they might fall into the wrong hands. Could you keep them for me for a little while?'" The marbles remain safe – it was the girl and her family who fell into the wrong hands, and she was never able to reclaim them. Her fate is well-known and her name is Anne Frank.

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