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Friend of Anne Frank to speak about his escape from Amsterdam

Pieter Kohnstam Pieter Kohnstam Pieter Kohnstam, a childhood friend of Anne Frank who survived the Holocaust and wrote a book about his experiences, will speak at St. Leo University on Wednesday, March 29.

Kohnstam’s family and the Frank family were neighbors in Amsterdam before the Franks went into hiding from the Nazis in 1942. Kohnstam and his parents fled at that time. After a year-long trek through Belgium, France and Spain, they reached safety and freedom in Argentina.

In 1963, Pieter immigrated to the United States where he pursued a career in the specialty chemical industry, focusing on pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. He became a U.S. citizen in 1968. He later wrote A Chance to Live: A Family’s Journey to Freedom.

Now retired in Venice, FL, Kohnstam is past president of the Jewish Congregation of Venice.

The public is invited to hear Kohnstam speak at 10:30 a.m. on “Narrow Escape: A Flight to Freedom,” in the Student Community Center Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms at St. Leo University, 33701 SR 52, in Pasco County. Admission and parking are free.

The talk is sponsored by the Saint Leo’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. There is no charge to attend.

For more information or to request assistance with seating or other accommodations, contact Megan Orendorf at (352) 588- 8401 or

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