Lived through Holocaust, shares message as part of MCE play
FOUNTAIN — The final performance of the Mason County Eastern Drama Club’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” was punctuated by the presence of Irene Butter, a Holocaust survivor who spoke to the audience about her experience in concentration camps during World War II.
Butter took the stage at Sherman Township Hall after the lights went up on the afternoon’s performance and spoke to about 50 people about the realities of concentration camp life, the parallels between her story and Frank’s, and her connection to the author of the famous diary.
“Her family came from Germany, from Frankfurt, in the early ’30s, and my family came from Berlin in 1937. Both of our families ended up in Amsterdam,” she said. “Anne was two years older than I was. We didn’t go to the same schools and we didn’t know each other well, but we lived in the same neighborhood.”
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