Buddy Elias, Anne Frank's cousin, and his wife Gerti read from Mirjam Pressler's Anne Frank’s Family: The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From, which tells the fascinating history of Anne Frank and the family that shaped her. As children, Anne and Buddy were very close; he affectionately dubbed her “the Rascal” and they visited and corresponded frequently. Years later, Buddy inherited their grandmother’s papers, stored unseen in an attic for decades. Based on thousands of letters, poems, drawings, postcards, and photos recently discovered by the couple, the book tell a moving saga of a far-flung but close-knit family divided by unimaginable tragedy."
Buddy Elias is Anne Frank's first cousin and closest living relative. Born in Frankfurt, Buddy moved to Switzerland as a child. Buddy became a very successful actor, performing on stage in Switzerland, Germany, England, and France as well as in film and television. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of the ANNE FRANK-Fonds, where he lives in Basel, Switzerland.
Gerti Elias is married to Buddy Elias, Anne Frank's first cousin and closest living relative. She is a former actor and is active in the ANNE FRANK-Fonds in Switzerland.