Connecting the Past and Future

   For Anne Frank  Promotional Material

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in Southwest, FL

Click here for the YouTube video of Pieter's Speech at the Anne Frank Tree Dedication at Liberty Park, World Trade Center, NYC, on June 12, 2017.

                          A Holocaust Survival Story

        Neighbors of the Anne Frank family in Amsterdam chose to flee and survived to tell their story.
I have often reflected on how a moment in history or a single, individual decision can alter the course of one’s life irrevocably. When I was six years old, my parents and I lived in Amsterdam under the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands. Our apartment at Merwedeplein 17 happened to be near the Frank family —Otto, Edith, Margo and Anne. As neighbors we were compatible because both the Franks and my parents were Jewish and had fled from Hitler’s Germany. The youngest daughter, Anne, whose diary later became world famous, was my babysitter and playmate. At the time, of course, none of us knew what difficulties and tragedies lay ahead.

This book is the account of my family's journey to freedom as told by my father Hans Kohnstam. I offer this chronicle of our family’s survival of the Holocaust during a time of persecution.

To schedule media appearances, speaking engagements, book signings, etc., please contact Pieter at 941-488-6166.

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Visual History Archive Online

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A Chance to Live

A  Family's Journey to Freedom

Click here for Pieter's story  told through the eyes and heart of 9-year-old, Karina Kopacz. Her film short won a state award in the Florida PTA Reflections Arts Contest 2016-2017.

 in St. Petersburg, FL and at Holocaust Museum 


by Pieter Kohnstam

   Future educational collaboration

Schools in the Diocese of Venice

A Chance to Live

can be purchased on

It is also available on Kindle

 Click here for the YouTube video of Pieter

at the 27th Annual Holocaust Education Conference in Arkansas.

November 2018