Social worker Rita J. Kaplan is the CEO of the Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation.
Anne Frank and I were within a year in age. I cannot remember when I read the book, but I do remember my intense response—shivering—as I realized that I was safe in New York. My Polish maternal grandmother had lost her whole immediate and extended family in the concentration camps, so the Franks’ plight introduced me to the realness of my grandmother’s loss.