Anne Frank’s father, Otto’s recently discovered letters reveal new information about the family’s struggle to obtain visas to save themselves from the clutches of the Nazis. Something of a prequel to Anne's iconic diary, No Asylum shares unknown details of the Frank family's story before they went into hiding in the attic, and is a call to action for tolerance and respect.
If the world had helped the Franks: "Anne Frank could be a 87-year-old woman living in Boston today, a writer.” - Richard Breitman, Ph.D. - 2016
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“It is important for us to remember what happens when the world stands by as prejudice and discrimination prevail. Learning about the struggle of Anne Frank’s family to find a safe haven reminds us to pay attention to very similar conditions in parts of the world today.
The film “No Asylum” tells a compelling and relevant story and will support holocaust education.”
Executive Director, National Media Market
This important documentary shows the attempts of Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father, one Jewish man who struggled but was not able to save his family. Because of the unwillingness of the American administration, and nearly all countries to help desperate people, Otto could not obtain visas to safety. Unfortunately the world has not learned from the loss of 6 million Jews and many millions of other innocent people, and a new disaster is playing out before our eyes today.
Anne Frank's Stepsister
Member of the British Empire
Founder Anne Frank Trust UK
No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story, and newly revealed archival materials provide us with a unique insight into Otto Frank's desperate attempts to seek refuge for his family in the United States. 70 years later, as the we face the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II, this powerful, important film reminds us that the plight of refugees cannot be ignored.
Deputy Director, The Anne Frank Center USA
This is an OUTSTANDING film!
Dr Miriam Klein Kassenoff
Education Specialist /Holocaust Studies
Miami Dade County Public Schools
Director Holocaust Teacher Institute , University of Miami
…No Asylum director Paula Fouce…noted how sophisticated some of Anne’s ideas are. Still the filmmaker was reluctant to take on a chapter in history that has been so thoroughly examined over the years. But when parallels began to emerge… for refugees then and now, she found it too compelling to resist.
Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter
He wrote letter after letter - without success. The father of Anne Frank tried desperately to get exit visas for his family. But the US wanted to accept very few Jewish refugees. This touching documentary traces the stages of failure.
Katja Iken, Der Spiegel
No Asylum shows us how Otto Frank struggled to save his family. He tried to obtain visas to the U.S., Cuba and Paris. But he faced delay after delay.
Rhona Lewis, Jewish Press
“No Asylum” tells in painful detail the story of Anne’s father, Otto Frank’s desperate and unavailing attempts to secure American visas for his family…. …to round out the Anne Frank story and provide a larger framework for viewing and understanding the Holocaust.”
Gloria Kestenbaum, The Jewish Week
“Otto Frank’s story, like that of his daughter’s, elevates the horror of the Holocaust to a larger plain.”
“A New Chapter in Anne Frank’s Story”
Gloria Kestenbaum, The Jewish Week
"Compact but powerful."
"NO ASYLUM director Paula Fouce. . . noted how sophisticated some of Anne [Franks]’s ideas are. Still the filmmaker was reluctant to take on a chapter in history that has been so thoroughly examined over the years. But when parallels began to emerge. . . for refugees then and now, she found it too compelling to resist."
“Just when you thought you’d heard every vital story about the Holocaust, along comes the stirring documentary “No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story” to shine further light on one of history’s darkest periods.”
I think the film was amazing. It was upsetting seeing that the U.S. would not take in any refugees. Mainly, it made one think about how terrible the situation was in WWII and how similar events are now with refugees, death, and people forced out of their countries with nowhere to go.
--Former Iowa State Senator Maggie Tinsman
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Click here to watch an interview with Paula Fouce
and Jonathan Brent on FOX Las Vegas
May 3rd, 2016 6PM
NBC Las Vegas
Gerard Ramalho will interview Paula Fouce
and Holocaust Survivor Meta Doran at 6 PM tonight.
This interview will be repeated this weekend as well.
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Did You See "No Asylum"? by Rhona Lewis
There was no room for Jewish refugee children.
Buddy Elias is featured in No Asylum, we will miss him so much.
by Paula Fouce
Based on the award winning film, "Not in God's Name," seen on PBS stations.Read More