No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story











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No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story - A Documentary Film

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. The world turned its back on the Franks and millions of others. Leonard Berney, who liberated Bergen Belsen where Anne and her sister Margot perished, relates the harrowing story. 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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  • LA Times Sep 7, 2016

    "Compact but powerful"

    — LA Times

  • The Wrap Sep 7, 2016

    “Heartbreaking...feature [with] moral and emotional heft.”

    - The Wrap

  • LA Times Sep 7, 2016

    “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.”

    - LA Times

  • LA Weekly Sep 7, 2016

    “Riveting”

    - LA Weekly

  • The Hollywood Reporter Sep 7, 2016

    "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.”

    — The Hollywood Reporter

  • Der Spiegel Sep 7, 2016

    “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.”

    — DER SPIEGEL

  • Ursula Schwarz May 9, 2016

    “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.”

    Ursula Schwarz

    Executive Director, National Media Market


  • Eva Schloss Feb 25, 2016

    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.

    Eva Schloss

    Anne Frank's Stepsister
    Member of the British Empire
    Founder Anne Frank Trust UK

  • Rebecca Faulkner Feb 25, 2016

    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.

    Rebecca Faulkner, Ph.D.

    Deputy Director, The Anne Frank Center USA

  • Dr Miriam Klein Kassenoff Mar 9, 2016

    This is an OUTSTANDING film!

    I highly recommend it for all teachers and all students of the Holocaust and readers of The Anne Frank Diary. The film fills in so many of the questions students often ask when reading the diary or when studying the Holocaust

    Dr Miriam Klein Kassenoff
    Education Specialist /Holocaust Studies
    Miami Dade County Public Schools
    Director Holocaust Teacher Institute , University of Miami

  • Jordan Riefe Mar 29, 2016

    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

  • Der Speigel Mar 29, 2016

    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

  • Jewish Press Mar 29, 2016

    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

  • Gloria Kestenbaum Mar 29, 2016

    “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

  • Gloria Kestenbaum Mar 29, 2016

    “Otto Frank’s story, like that of his daughter’s, elevates the horror of the Holocaust to a larger plain.”

  • The Jewish Week Mar 29, 2016

    “A New Chapter in Anne Frank’s Story”

    Gloria Kestenbaum, The Jewish Week

  • Gary Goldstein Aug 24, 2016

    "Compact but powerful."

  • Daphne Howland Aug 24, 2016

    "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."

  • Gary Goldstein Aug 24, 2016

    “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.”

  • Former Iowa State Senator Maggie Tinsman Apr 25, 2016

    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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Eva Schloss and Paula Fouce were on BBC News talking about Auschwitz, Anne Frank and "No Asylum"

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HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE EDUCATION PROJECT

To teach Anne's universal message of tolerance, No Asylum is raising funds to translate and caption the film in 11 languages. The Teacher's Guide for classrooms has been developed with the Anne Frank Center of Mutual Respect & the Kean University Holocaust Center. To donate, please mail your tax deductible contributions to:

YIVO INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH
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Marked for " Holocaust & Genocide Education Project"

Thank you for your kind support!




No Asylum 
was screened by Ciné-ONU, presented by the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, to commemorate the occasion of the International Day dedicated to the memory of victims of the Holocaust.Jan. 28, 2018, 11:00 AM at Cinema Cinerama Empire in Geneva, Switzerland.

Discussion followed with Eva Schloss, Otto Franks' stepdaughter and Paula Fouce, director. 

This screening in Geneva was made possible with the support of the permanent missions of Israel and the United States to the United Nations Office in Geneva.




REVIEWS


Documentary Watch – No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story

No Asylum’ Review: Anne Frank’s Father Explored In Heartbreaking Documentary

Anne Frank: 'No Asylum' before the attic

'No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story' revealed via her father's letters


INTERVIEWS

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.

We were featured in the Quad City Times:

Anne Frank's Story Lives On in No Asylum


We were featured in the Jewish Press:
Did You See "No Asylum"? by Rhona Lewis


Getting Anne Frank All Wrong

There was no room for Jewish refugee children.


Anne Frank’s cousin, actor Buddy Elias, dies at 89

Buddy Elias is featured in No Asylum, we will miss him so much.

Check out the latest book release from Paradise Filmworks:

Not In God's Name:

Making sense of Religious Conflict

THE BOOK
by Paula Fouce

Based on the award winning film, "Not in God's Name," seen on PBS stations.

Read More

For the Sake of the Children

The Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr.

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Liberating Belsen Concentration Camp

A Personal Account by (former) Lt-Colonel Leonard Berney R.A. T.D.

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