Connection Combat: Holocaust Heroes - Anne Frank and Sir Nicholas Winton

+13 votes

Hi Connectors (and anyone else interested!), 

Since we've just passed Anne Frank's birthday, we thought we'd have a Connection Combat that honors her and perhaps gets her connected to the Tree.

Anne Frank, who was a concentration camp prisoner during the Holocaust, is renowned for her journal, The Diary of Anne Frank, that was published by her father after her death. He said: "For me it was a revelation ... I had no idea of the depth of her thoughts and feelings ... She had kept all these feelings to herself".

Sir Nicholas Winton was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Nicholas found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The world did not find out about his valiant efforts until 40 years later.  He passed away just last year on July 1 at the age of 106. 

Anne Frank


Sir Nicholas Winton

Ready, set, go!

The rules and guidelines are here, and post in this thread once you've made a connection so we can declare a winner! 

Remember, the goal is to connect one of these individuals to the previous month's winner -  Bram Stoker.

If you need to be added to a Trusted List, let me know and I will add you.

The winning profile will be featured as one of our Special Connections (like AJ Jacobs and Kevin Bacon) so members can have a chance to see how they are connected.

WikiTree profile: Anne Frank
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
edited by Eowyn Walker
Oh yes please connect Nicholas Winton, he and his family are some of the very few unconnected people on my watchlist.

3 Answers

+3 votes

I doubt that I could find a connection blood-wise to either, but I do have a connection. My father came to Australia in 1951 from New Zealand on the TSS Monowai. During WW2, the Monowai was turned into a gunship and served valiantly. One of her last jobs in Europe was to pick up survivors from the death camps and take them to safety. On board one voyage was Otto Frank.

TSS Monowai and a Holocaust Connection:

Amazingly the Monowai has a connection to one of the world’s most remarkable WWII stories, it is the Poignant story of the Dutch Jewish Frank family and their much loved late daughter who wrote that remarkable and poignant “Dairy of Anne Frank.” The connection comes via her father, Otto Frank.


Mr. Otto Frank

Just before the end of the war in Europe, on April 22, 1945, the TSS Monowai sailed from England for Odessa on the Black Sea carrying 1,600 Soviet citizens who had been captured serving with the Germans in France. The Monowai then embarked many Jewish Holocaust survivors from Western Europe, including Mr. Otto Frank, who had been liberated from the Auschwitz death camp by the Soviet army. The Monowai departed on May 21 from Odessa and she arrived on the Marseille, France. In the book “The Footsteps of Anne Frank” published in 1959, Ernst Schnabel wrote the following: ‘The Monowai flew the New Zealand flag, and had come all the way fromNew Zealand so that a few survivors from Europe could return home.' Strangely enough, even though, she had not been decommissioned as yet, but she was already flying the New Zealand flag!


Anne Frank seen prior to the war

From the record, I am aware that the men slept in hammocks, whereas all the women were accommodated in cabins. Apparently, according to Mr.  Schnabel, Otto was impressed by the ship’s comfort, especially the abundant food and the kindness of her crew. However, by this time Mr. Frank had discovered that his wife, Edith, had died at Auschwitz, but to date he did not know anything regarding the fate of his two daughters, Anne and Margot. On board the Monowai, he wrote to his mother who was living in Switzerland:

My entire hope lies with the children. I cling to the conviction that they are alive and that we’ll be together again, but I’m not promising myself anything.”

Thus the Monowai will always be part of an amazing part of history having transported Mr. Otto Frank, who would in due course locate the most amazing book that would become a sad, but a world’s best seller, and movies and TV specials would be made to tell Anne’s and her families tragic story! The book is of course the “Dairy of Anne Frank.”


by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 7 (72.8k points)
+2 votes

Well, I stuck my toe in the water by looking for possible relatives of earlier generations of the Frank family.

Anne's great-uncle Léon Frank died in Paris in 1915, and I found one very possible son for him (and thus a first cousin to Otto Frank): Jean Michel Frank (newly created profile), born 1895 in Paris to a German-born  father named Leon Frank. Jean Michel left Paris in 1940, getting to the United States by way of Brazil (a pattern of someone anxious to escape Europe). Sadly, he died in New York City in 1941 -- and he was unmarried, so there is no wife to pursue, nor children. But there is a mother named Nanette Loewi (or Loeni?) who is said to have been born in the United States, and maybe somebody can find more information in Anne's biographies to verify whether Jean Michel's father is the same Leon Frank...

PS - In Jean Michel's photo, I see a possible family resemblance to the photo of Otto Frank that Susan posted, as well as to Otto's father Michael Frank.

PPS - I've found the relationship in an Anne Frank biography.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Ellen Smith

That First American Jewish Families source looks like it's well-regarded. It seems to consist only of ancestral charts. The charts list sources, but it's not possible to tell what sources any particular entry is based on. We may have to wait for Eowyn (or other connection validators) to weigh in on its credibility.

Meanwhile, the rabbithole I'm currently in involves a connection between Milton H. Frankenthal (by the way: his LNAB is currently misspelled Fankenthal and his middle initial is wrong -- looks like a bad transcription by the FamilySearch volunteers), the husband of Myrtilla Davies, and Edwin Kriegsman, who is connected to the tree, but not nearly as closely as Joseph Andrews.

Milton now has the correct name.

If you can find a connection to Edwin Kriegsman that would be great! Using the ancestor chart to make the other connection feels like cheating.

And thanks for writing all those bios... I love researching and finding sources but I don't enjoy writing bios at all.

The link between Edwin Kriegsman and the Frankenthal family runs through Leo Kriegsman. There seems to have been a network of related families in Bavaria who sent their teenage sons to America, where they lived with relatives until they were established in business (and married), after which they sponsored other young relatives newly arrived from Bavaria. In 1880, after arriving in America, Leo resided with Jacob Frankenthal family and is described as a nephew. Twenty years later, in 1900, Samuel Kriegsman was living in Leo Kriegsman's household and was described as a brother-in-law (Leo and Samuel also appear to have been in the shirt manufacturing business together). For me, that's solid evidence of connections between Leo and both Jacob Frankenthal (father of Milton) and Samuel Kriegsman (father of Edwin), but I haven't been able to put a finger on the specific connections.  (Partly because I spend too much time putting content into biographies!)

But I'm not finished with researching Leo yet.

Leo is now connected on both sides!

Path is Anne Frank > (father) Otto Frank > (father) Michael Frank > (sister) Rebekka (Frank) Loewi > (husband) Oskar Loewi > (brother) Valentin Loewi > (daughter) Rosalie (Loewi) Davies > (husband) J. Clarence Davies > (sister) Myrtilla (Davies) Frankenthal >   (husband) Milton Frankenthal > (father) Jacob Frankenthal > (sister) Helena (Frankenthal) Kriegsman > (son) Samuel Kriegsman > (son) Edwin Kriegsman
Wow!!!!!   This is amazing you guys, I am seriously impressed!
Good job Ellen!

Something weird must have happened with Milton when I changed his LNAB -- there were no parents displayed on his profile, but his parents displayed his old name as a son. I detached the old profile from the parents, and then added the new Milton, and now Milton has himself as a sibling.

Edit: Nevermind, mother still had Fankenthal-1 attached.

An interesting possibility exists for shortening that path:

The mother of Jacob Frankenthal (and presumably also Helena (Frankenthal) Kriegsman was Babette Loewi.

If Babette is Helena's mother and  a sister close relative of Oskar Loewi (both of these things seem likely, but sources are needed), then the path could be shorter. Edited: She can't be Oskar's sister -- dates don't work out.

Geni says that Babette is Isaak's sister, and has this as the source:

The collection is supposed to be digitized but I keep getting "Service Temporary Unavailable" when I attempt to view it.


Edit: It's also on
Nice find, Jamie! I've not looked it up yet, except for the title page, but that relationship makes sense.

For now, Anne is showing as 58 steps from Bram Stoker.

This has been fun. And I'm looking forward to having Anne on Connection Finder.
Really, really excellent work everyone. Ellen, thanks for the suggestion!
+4 votes
I have made a start on Sir Nicholas's siblings.  His sister Charlotte died unmarried.   His brother Robert (or Bob) married a woman called Heather and had three children.   I have not been able to narrow down the exact LNAB of his wife Heather though there is one possibility.
by Living Hoolihan G2G6 Mach 5 (56.6k points)

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