A Chance to Live

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 Pieter with Chris Angermann, Publisher

                  A Chance to Live

was the winner of the 2008 President's Book Award that was presented by the Florida Publishers Association.

                          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.

A documentary, featuring Pieter, that was shown at the Sarasota Film Festival on November 18, 2011 
(Cine-World Film Festival) is available on PBS television Florida. The series, Diamonds Along the Highway, of which Pieter's Story,     "A Chance to Live" was one of the featured stories. For more information contact Gus Molassis. 

by Pieter Kohnstam

Pieter with Dienke Hondius, Professor of Holocaust Studies at Free University in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank House and Jan Erik Dubbelman, head of the Education Projects Department at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Pieter is a volunteer representative for the Florida West Coast Anne Frank Center, USA.
Pieter with Dr. Kurt Piehler, Director of the Institute on World War II and The Human experience at Florida State University.

A Chance to Live

A  Family's Journey to Freedom


Visual History Archive Online

​for a visual history of Pieter, clickHERE, register and then search for Pieter Kohnstam.